The Scottish Government has invested a further £1.5m in the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) initiative.

The money will allow the Carbon Trust to continue to fund projects that examine how offshore wind can benefit Scotland.

It will also support collaboration on key problems faced by developers and share cost reduction know-how.

The new funding is in addition to the £1.5m the government pledged in 2016 for the European phase of the OWA.

Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish government’s decision to invest a further £1.5m into the OWA is a ringing endorsement of the great potential of this programme to help Scotland to utilise the full potential of offshore wind, and to ensure that we make it as affordable as possible.”

Carbon Trust director Jan Matthiesen said: “The Scottish government’s £1.5m investment into the programme, alongside nine of the biggest developers in Europe, shows there is real confidence in the ability of the OWA to continue to deliver cost reductions.

“This continuing support and investment into the programme has helped to reduce the costs of offshore wind and helped to pave the way towards a subsidy-free energy source.”

The OWA programme was set up in 2008 to help bring new technologies to market that lower the levelised cost of energy for offshore wind.

It also includes offshore wind developers Dong Energy, EnBW, Eon, Iberdrola, Innogy, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall.

Scottish Renewables senior policy manager Lindsay Roberts said: “Scotland has huge amounts to gain from offshore wind and it’s an incredibly exciting time for the industry.

“These funds will allow the Carbon Trust to explore the opportunities which offshore wind can offer and help make sure that Scotland reaps the maximum benefits from the sector’s growth.”

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