Offshore wind farms approved in Caithness

Two offshore wind farms able to power more than one million homes with up to 1,866 MW of electricity won planning consent today. The Moray and the Beatrice Offshore wind farms off the Caithness coast will be worth up to £2.5 billion to the Scottish economy. Together the pair’s 326 turbines would make the world’s […]

Archaeology fears over wind farm

Archaeologists have raised concerns over a proposed wind farm in the Highlands of Scotland. Council planners will decide tonight whether to approve the nine-turbine facility in Caithness. While there are no known archaeological remains on the site itself, there are five Neolithic and Iron Age monuments nearby, and archaeologists want these protected if construction goes […]

Three renewables projects secure £13m funding

A trio of Scottish renewable energy infrastructure projects were awarded more than £13m yesterday. The money has come from the Scottish government’s Highlands and Islands Enterprise. In Caithness, £5m will be spent to develop Scrabster Harbour so it can accommodate future wave and tidal energy business. In Orkney, the HIE plans to invest £2.95m to […]

Huhne greenlights £2m overhaul of harbour

Scotland’s renewable ambitions were boosted this week when Energy Secretary Chris Huhne committed £2m to the first phase of a major revamp of Scrabster harbour in Caithness. The overhaul of a tanker pier at the port is seen as a key part of the north of Scotland’s bid to win spin-off work from energy-related developments. […]