The Scottish Government has granted planning consent to its third floating windfarm following today’s approval of a demonstration project near Thurso. The two turbine Dounreay Trì Floating Wind Demonstration Project will be located approximately six km off the Caithness coastline. The decision comes after the recent approval of the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind farm and last year’s consent of the Hywind Scotland Pilot, which means Scotland has now agreed planning permission for up to 92MW of floating offshore wind, placing the country as a world centre for the innovative technology.
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A project to test floating wind-farm technology off the coast of Scotland has been granted planning consent, enabling it to secure vital subsidies with just a fortnight to spare. The Dounreay Tri project is due to involve two 5-megawatt turbines attached to a floating semi-submersible rig, anchored to the seabed about six miles off the coast of Caithness. The demonstration project received planning consent from the Scottish government yesterday, enabling it to qualify for subsidies of £140 per megawatt-hour on top of the wholesale power price under the Renewables Obligation subsidy scheme. Developer Dounreay Tri had warned that the project’s future would be in doubt if it did not secure consent before the Renewables Obligation scheme closes for applications on March 31, because the UK government has not made any plans to continue dedicated s ubsidy support for floating wind thereafter.
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