Irish renewable energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power is all set to move ahead with the construction of a 450MW Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm in Scotland.
The development follows the Supreme Court’s overturning of a long-running legal battle filed by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB Scotland) to block the project amid concern over the impact on local birds.
In 2014, the Scottish government granted permission for the NnG wind farm. However, the project could not materialise due to the opposition from RSPB.
Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Andy Kinsella said: “After more than two and a half years, two court hearings, and two rejected applications for leave-to-appeal by RSPB Scotland, we can finally focus on delivering the very significant benefits this project brings to the Scottish economy and its environment.
“The NnG windfarm will displace 400,000t of carbon dioxide each year. The RSPB has already delayed the project by two and a half years, during which time it could have displaced approximately one million tonnes of carbon dioxide, making a very significant contribution to the Scottish and UK Governments’ energy and climate targets.”
“Once constructed this £2bn project will be capable of supplying 325,000 homes – a city the size of Edinburgh – with clean energy.
According to a study by Fraser of Allander Institute, the project is estimated to create approximately 2,000 jobs each year during its four year construction period and hundreds of permanent jobs once operational.