A Chinese-owned renewable energy firm has won official consent for plans to develop a giant wind farm off eastern Scotland that has been under consideration for years. The Scottish Government has given approval for the proposed Inch Cape Offshore wind farm, which will involve installing up to 72 turbines around 12 miles off the Angus coast. The company behind the proposal, Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL), said the granting of the award was a key milestone for a project it reckons could meet around a tenth of Scotland’s annual electricity consumption. It will seek UK Government funding support under the Contact for Difference subsidy scheme for renewable energy projects. The company noted the project has been revised since first winning approval in 2014 to help cut the costs involved while reducing the risk of potential environmental impacts. It said the new proposal includes fewer but taller and higher capacity turbines than the 110-turbine original plan, significantly improving the efficiency of the wind farm. It will require the use of fewer export cables.
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