Scotland opens its largest wind farm


The 844 turbine, 588MW Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm is the fourth largest in the world, and was officially opened by Prince Charles at a ceremony on 29 July.

The facility, located 13 kilometres off the Scottish coast, will generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes per year, and help save about 8 million tonnes of carbon emissions over its 25-year lifetime.

The project has been a joint-development by three partners, SSE Renewables (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and Red Rock Power Limited (25%) in what is considered to be the largest single private investment in Scottish history.

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Jim Smith, managing director of SSE Renewables said: “We’re incredibly privileged and honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to Wick today to perform the official opening of Scotland’s largest wind farm, Beatrice.

“We’re incredibly proud it’s been delivered on time and under budget, even when dealing with the challenges the North Sea and deep waters bring.

“Most importantly, Beatrice will save around 8 million tonnes of harmful carbon emissions over its 25-year lifetime operation, making one of the most significant contributions across the UK in combating climate change and meeting our net-zero ambitions.”

UK Government Business Minister Lord Duncan added: “Wind energy provided a record-breaking 17% of the UK’s electricity last year, an increase supported by sustained government investment which is enabling the sector to grow, now contributing £2.4 billion to the UK economy while driving down costs.

“Beatrice will support nearly 400 jobs in Scotland and [the] grand opening reinforces our world-leading credentials in seizing the economic opportunities of the global shift to a greener, cleaner future.”