Mainstream Renewable Power is set to begin construction of the 450MW Neartna Gaoithe (NnG) offshore windfarm in Scotland.
The development follows the dismissal of a plea made by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB Scotland) to block the project.
Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Andy Kinsella said: “After more than two and a half years, two court hearings, and two rejected applications for leave-to-appeal by RSPB Scotland, we can finally focus on delivering the very significant benefits this project brings to the Scottish economy and its environment.”
“The NnG windfarm will displace 400,000t of carbon dioxide each year.
“The RSPB has already delayed the project by two and a half years, during which time it could have displaced approximately one million tonnes of carbon dioxide, making a very significant contribution to the Scottish and UK Governments’ energy and climate targets.”
When completed, the NnG project will be able to power 325,000 homes with clean energy.
According to a study by Fraser of Allander Institute, the project is estimated to create 2,000 jobs each year during its four year construction period and hundreds of permanent jobs once operational.
Development work on the project is due to begin next year.