RWE Confirms Participation in ScotWind
RWE has confirmed its participation in the ScotWind seabed leasing round process, as it looks to expand its global offshore wind portfolio. ScotWind is a seabed leasing round, managed by Crown Estate Scotland, which aims to enable up to 10 gigawatts of new offshore wind farms to be constructed in the country’s coastal waters.
RWE is one of the largest and most experienced offshore wind leaders, with an enviable track record of successfully developing, building and operating offshore wind projects globally, including Scotland. Here, RWE already has over 480 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity across onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro sites, with a current development pipeline of more than 350 MW.
RWE has played a significant role in shaping the UK offshore wind industry having built the country’s first offshore wind farm (Blyth demonstrator, 2002); and the first commercial scale offshore wind farm (North Hoyle 2004). In Scotland, RWE has been a pioneer of wind power, constructing its first onshore wind farm, Novar, in the Highlands in 1995, and going on to construct and operate the country’s first offshore wind farm, Robin Rigg, in the Solway Firth, which has been operational since 2010.
Through earlier UK offshore wind developments, RWE has enabled new port infrastructure to be built, supported job creation and been a key player in local supply chain growth, as well supporting coastal communities by maximising the benefits of the company’s investments locally. If successful, RWE will continue this activity in Scotland.
As part of its natural evolution, RWE is rapidly developing its Floating Wind capabilities. With partners, it is undertaking pioneering work through three floating demonstration projects, in the US, Spain and Norway, which will ensure the business is very well placed to deliver new projects in deeper waters off the Scottish coast, secured as part of the leasing round.