Renewable energy 'could create 5,000 Scottish jobs'

28 Jul 2010
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Investing in renewable energy could create 5,000 manufacturing jobs in Scotland, according to the country's first minister Alex Salmond.

He was speaking shortly after the publication of Stage 2 of the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, which stated that private and public investment of £223 million is required to create 11 offshore wind farms.

Mr Salmond said this would create 5,000 manufacturing jobs, as well as boosting Scotland's economy by £300 million.

He added that the resources Scotland has can make it a world leader in the production of renewable energy.

Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: "These opportunities will help to secure Scotland's place as Europe's powerhouse of renewable energy production."

There are already several wind farms dotted around the country, including some of the biggest in Europe such as the Farr Wind Farm, which produces 92 MW of power and is located near Inverness. 

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