World's Biggest Wind Farm Planned for Waters Off Scotland

Terry Macalister reports on the £4.5bn plan to construct 339 turbines covering 300 square kilometres off Scotland's northern coast, which could potentially power 40% of the country's homes.
September 4, 2012, 10am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Recently submitted for planning permission, the 1.5-gigawatt wind farm to be located more than 12 miles offshore, "is being developed by Moray Offshore Renewables, a joint venture between Spanish oil company Repsol, and an arm of Portuguese power group EDP, which has recently become partly owned by China's state-owned Three Gorges Corporation."

According to Macalister, "The renewable industry has hailed it as a watershed moment but warned these new deep water farms might only be fully realised if the government provides policy stability by pushing through its proposed Energy Bill."

Apparently, the wind farm has at least one prominent critic. "It has already attracted controversy because it is opposed by American billionaire Donald Trump, who says the 200-metre-high turbines will spoil the view from his planned new golf course."

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Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 in The Guardian
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