News that the Scottish Government has given development consent for three windfarms off the coast of Angus, has been welcomed by the county’s MP.
Mike Weir believes that the windfarms could provide a boost to the local economy.
The three windfarms, Inch Cape, Seagreen Alpha and Bravo, together with one off the Fife coast will together generate up to 2.284GW of renewable energy and will be a very significant boost to Scotland’s renewable energy industry.
Mr Weir said: “Between them the windfarms could generate up to £1.2 billion to the Scottish economy together with more than 13,500 jobs.
“There is a huge opportunity for our local economy to receive a substantial boost both in the construction phases of these windfarms and in the long term maintenance and operation of them.”
He continued: “This is a major opportunity that could provide long term sustainable good employment prospects throughout Angus and should be warmly welcomed by everyone.”
Mr Weir added that the windfarms would also add to the ability of Scotland and Angus to contribute to producing all our energy from renewables. He said: “As the issue of climate change becomes ever more urgent it is clear that we must move to more clean, green renewable energy. Scotland is well placed to be the renewable powerhouse of Europe and this consent is another step along the way to ensuring that all our electricity comes from renewable sources.”