Renewable projects approved in Scotland

Planning consent has been granted for two renewable energy projects that will benefit local communities in Fife and the Highlands. Government Opportunities.

Scottish Ministers have granted consent for a 20-turbine wind farm at Moy, near Inverness, and a combined heat and power biomass plant for the Port of Rosyth.
The Moy wind farm, which represents a £65m investment by developer Eneco Wind UK Ltd, will have 20 turbines with a generating capacity of up to 66MW. It could power the equivalent of approximately 31,000 homes in the area.

The Rosyth plant, a £325m investment by Forth Energy, would provide low carbon energy to the local area, and the equivalent of over 40 per cent of the Fife Council area’s electricity needs would be met by the development.

Both projects would lead to the creation of a significant number of jobs, with the Rosyth plant bringing up to 500 jobs to the area during construction, and 70 operational jobs based at the port. Forth Energy estimates the project will deliver £26m of annual economic benefit per year to the area.

There will be up to 60 workers employed at the Moy wind farm during construction, and the development will also provide approximately £7.5m towards community benefit projects over 25 years.

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, said:
“The Moy wind farm will create a significant number of jobs, as well as generating power for many thousands of homes.
“Projects like this provide considerable benefits to the local community, and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

“The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of renewables projects should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable.