BEIS backs remote island wind
Scottish projects to be eligible for CfD3 auction
The UK government is to allow remote island wind projects in Scotland to compete in the spring 2019 Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round.
Over 700MW of wind projects with planning consent on the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland will be eligible for the CfD3 auction.
BEIS said the remote island wind projects would benefit the domestic supply chain with many projects expected to spend over 50% of their capital and operating costs within the UK.
“Scotland already has a strong record in exploiting the potential of clean growth and we want to go further creating thousands of good jobs and attracting billions of pounds worth of investment,” said energy minister Richard Harrington.
“That’s why we are ensuring that remote island wind projects in Scotland, which have the potential to benefit the island communities directly, have access to the same funding opportunities as offshore wind in the next renewables auction round.”
BEIS announced earlier today that up to £557m of support will be available for future CfD auctions.
Image: Orkney (Heriot Watt University)