Scotland approves two renewable energy projects

26 January 2014 (Last Updated January 26th, 2014 18:30)

The Scottish Government has approved two renewable energy projects – a wind farm at Moy, near Inverness, and a combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant for the Port of Rosyth.

The Scottish Government has approved two renewable energy projects - a wind farm at Moy, near Inverness, and a combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant for the Port of Rosyth.

Featuring 20 turbines totalling up to 66MW, the Moy wind farm is being constructed by Eneco Wind, working alongside the project developer Carbon Free Developments.

The £65m project will create up to 60 construction jobs; generate enough electricity to power approximately 31,000 homes in the area; and inject around £7.5m towards community benefit projects for more than 25 years.

In July 2013, Eneco was named as the new investor, allowing it to take the lead for the construction and operations phases of the project, while Carbon Free had carried out the initial stages.

The Rosyth biomass power plant, which is being developed by Forth Energy, will use sustainably sourced wood fuel with the capacity to generate 120MW of electricity and 30MW of heat.

"Projects like this provide considerable benefits to the local community."

The CHP plant will generate the equivalent of more than 40% of the Fife Council area's electricity needs and provide the additional benefit of the potential for a heat distribution network.

The £325m plant will create around 300 construction jobs and 70 operational jobs for operating the plant and handling the fuel and deliver around £26m of annual economic benefit to the area.

Consenting the Moy wind farm, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said, "Projects like this provide considerable benefits to the local community, and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of 100% of electricity demand generated from renewables."

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said, "The combined heat and power plant at the Port of Rosyth will create hundreds of jobs during its construction, and while in operation will continue to support local employment while generating renewable power for local business and industry."

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