The first offshore wind leasing round in a decade has been launched by Crown Estate Scotland.

The organisation, which manages Scotland’s seabed, predicts total investment could surpass £8 billion in ScotWind Leasing projects and suggests the investment opportunity will form a vital part of the green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland.

The opening of the round means businesses can apply to build Scotland’s new generation of offshore wind farms and in doing so, help the country to continue increasing the share of renewables in its electricity mix and move towards net zero by 2045.

The leasing round could deliver more than enough green electricity to power every Scottish household, save more than six million tonnes of emissions every year and help enhance the industry’s supply chain says Crown Estate Scotland.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scotland’s Energy Minister said: “The launch of ScotWind – the first offshore wind leasing round to be administered in Scotland – is a very important milestone for Crown Estate Scotland and Scottish Ministers, but also marks another pivotal moment for the development of our offshore wind sector and also presents an opportunity to help develop our strategic economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we emerge from the crisis, we have a chance to re-imagine the Scotland around us, and to begin building a greener, fairer and more equal society and economy, one in which wellbeing, fair work and social justice are prioritised.

“Our seas are host to some of the best offshore wind resources in the world, supporting the continuing growth and expansion of the sector. We want to harness this huge resource for our energy system, unlocking significant investment in the supply chain to create more green jobs across the sector and, importantly, to do so in a way that gives due regard to our marine environment and other marine activities.”

A Supply Chain Development Statement will have to be submitted by hopeful developers, outlining how they plan to engage with and utilise the supply chain to successfully develop their projects.

First offshore wind leasing by Crown Estate Scotland in a decade

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