Offshore wind opportunities in Scotland

Companies at the cutting edge of offshore renewables can now apply to build Scotland’s new generation of offshore wind farms and help power the transition to a net-zero future.

Lease Scottish waters for your next offshore wind project

Crown Estate Scotland, manager of Scotland’s seabed, has launched ScotWind Leasing – its first round of offshore wind leasing in Scottish waters for a decade.  

This multi-billion pound investment opportunity will form a major part of Scotland’s green recovery towards its net-zero targets.

Some highlights include:  

  • Total investment in ScotWind Leasing projects could potentially surpass £8 billion   
  • ScotWind could deliver more than enough green electricity to power every Scottish household   
  • Over 6 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved per year  
  • Measures in place to promote and enhance the supply chain to help ensure projects can be developed   

ScotWind is expected to significantly increase the amount of power generated from offshore renewables, a major step towards meeting the Scottish Government’s target of Scotland being net zero by 2045.  

“Offshore wind is currently one of the cheapest forms of new electricity generation and Scotland is perfectly poised to host major new projects, with a well-established energy skills sector as well as some of the best natural marine resources in Europe.”

John Robertson, Crown Estate Scotland’s Head of Energy & Infrastructure

Scotland is the windbreak of Europe 

Around a quarter of Europe's offshore wind crosses Scotland. The expertise we built up in the oil and gas industry gives us huge advantages in developing offshore wind projects. That knowledge is helping turn Scotland into a hub of excellence and innovation, driven by proven supply chain companies and dedicated and highly skilled workers. 

“The launch of ScotWind marks another pivotal moment for the development of our offshore wind sector and presents an opportunity to help develop our strategic economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. 

“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. "

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scotland's Energy Minister

Watch our ScotWind webinar to find out more

Hear directly from the Crown Estate Scotland, the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council and Scotland’s economic development agencies on their efforts to support the delivery of this growth industry. Gather the vital information your business needs to capitalise on supply chain opportunities.

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."   

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