31st July 2012
Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power has submitted an application worth £1.4 billion to build between 64-125 wind turbines off the east coast of Scotland.
Mainstream plans to build the 450 megawatt project called Neart na Gaoithe “NnG” – (meaning “strength of the wind” in Gaelic) in Scottish territorial waters, 15 miles off the Fife coast. NnG would potentially occupy an approximate area of 105 square kilometres. It could generate enough to power 325,000 homes in a city the size of Edinburgh or up to 3.7% of Scotland’s electricity demand when fully operational.
Andy Kinsella, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power’s Offshore Business, said: “This is a major milestone in the delivery of this offshore wind farm. With over 7,500MW of offshore wind farms in development in the UK and Germany, this demonstrates Mainstream’s ability in selecting the best sites, developing to a high standard and delivering to challenging milestones.” He continued: “This project is of strategic importance to Scotland; not only will it supply a significant percentage of the country’s electricity demand it will also help to deliver Scotland’s and the UK’s renewable energy targets in advance of 2020.”