Scotland 'leading the way for offshore wind energy'

18 Aug 2010
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Scotland 'leading the way for offshore wind energy'

Scotland is a world leader in the offshore wind energy sector, according to first minister Alex Salmond.

He was speaking ahead of a trip to Norway to discuss plans for the first floating offshore wind farm in the world, which could be located off the coast of either Lewis or Aberdeenshire.

Mr Salmond stated that if the renewable energy development goes ahead, it could create around 20,000 jobs in the sector in Scotland.

"Scotland has unrivalled marine resources and, with massive offshore wind potential, we are leading the way in the generation of clean, green energy from the sea," he said.

He added that as much as a quarter of the potential renewable energy in Europe from the sea could be generated by Scotland.

There are already a number of offshore wind energy developments around Scotland, including a project at Argyll Array, which is estimated to produce around 1500MW of power, with others located at Islay, Inch Cape and Forth Array. 

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