Highland Council approves floating wind farm

An innovative floating wind farm in Scotland has been approved. The Highland Council have given the go-ahead to Dounreay Trì Limited’s proposed demonstration project. Marine Scotland will now be able […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

An innovative floating wind farm in Scotland has been approved.

The Highland Council have given the go-ahead to Dounreay Trì Limited’s proposed demonstration project.

Marine Scotland will now be able to complete its own assessment and make a recommendation on the project to Scottish Ministers.

The twin-turbine project will be capable of generating 10MW of electricity, enough to power around 8,000 households in the region.

The technology potentially offers significant benefits – opening up the deeper waters off the North and West coasts of Scotland for wind generation could give Scotland a real boost towards meeting its renewable energy targets.

Marcus Thor, Project Director for Dounreay Trì Limited, said: “We are delighted that the Council has agreed with this project and hope that Marine Scotland and the Scottish Government can take a timely decision on it.

“This demonstration facility which will be built and operated in Scotland opens up the possibility for a significant increase in offshore wind generation and associated supply chain benefits in Scotland.”

Scotland set two new wind power records in the last days of 2016.