What is Scotwind?
It’s a programme which will lease areas of the seabed around Scotland for wind farm developments. Developers apply to the scheme and, if successful, will be granted the rights to build wind farms in Scottish waters.
We hope that farms with as much as 10GW of new generating capacity will be built over the next decade as a product of ScotWind.
Why is it important?
To prevent the most harmful climate change scenarios from coming true, we need to substantially reduce our carbon emissions.
Scotland’s target is to reach net zero emissions by 2045 – and if we can generate 10GW of new, clean energy from ScotWind projects, it will make a big contribution to reaching that target.
Wind farm projects also offer opportunities for business: their construction, operation and maintenance could bring billions of pounds in investment and new jobs to Scotland.