Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm officially opens

The £2.65bn Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm has officially been opened, with it completed both on time and £100mn under budget.

On 29 July, Prince Charles performed the official opening of the wind farm, which is now both Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm and its single largest source of renewable energy. The 588MW wind farm, a joint venture between SSE Renewables, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power, is made up of 84 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbines and is generating enough energy to power 450,000 homes each year. It is expected to have a 25-year lifespan and save around 8mn tonnes of carbon emissions. 

Managing Director of SSE Renewables Jim Smith said: “Beatrice is only one step in the journey that the UK needs to take if we are to meet the Government’s new ambition to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Scotland and the UK will need to develop further projects similar to Beatrice in the next to 10 to 15 years if we are to power that drive towards creating a clean, green economy while boosting jobs and growth.”