Wind farm showcase

Mainstream Renewable Power, developer of the proposed Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm off the coast of Fife, plans to showcase its £1.3 billion development proposals.

The renewable energy developer is keen to continue to meet with members of the coastal communities closest to the proposed wind farm and provide information on its plans. The first event will be held at Carnoustie Gala Day tomorrow (Saturday). Visitors will be able to view visualisations of what the wind farm would look like when constructed along with detailed information on the project, which has recently been amended. A maximum of 90 turbines are now planned across the 105 square kilometre site, down from a previous maximum of 125.

The offshore wind farm will have the capacity to generate 450 MW of renewable electricity – enough to power 325,000 homes (the equivalent to the city of Edinburgh) on an annual basis. David Sweenie, Offshore Manager Scotland for Mainstream Renewable Power, said: “Following on from last year’s summer events programme, we see this as an opportunity to again meet with local communities on a face-to-face basis to answer any questions and outline the benefits of what we believe is one of the most significant projects for Scotland in recent times.” Mainstream Renewable Power was recently granted planning permission by East Lothian Council for the onshore element of the wind farm. This involves 12 kilometres of buried cable connecting the wind farm from Thorntonloch Beach, East Lothian, to its National Grid connection at Crystal Rig 2 onshore wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills.

Marine Scotland is currently considering planning consent for the offshore elements of the wind farm proposal.