The massive Neart Na Gaoithe (NNG), Inch Cape and Seagreen wind farms in the Outer Firths of Tay and Forth are to go ahead after the Scottish Government’s consent was upheld by the Supreme Court.
The Neart Na Gaoithe farm will bring nearly 2 000 construction jobs and the other two will presumably add a similar figure each. So, this is very good news for Scotland already improved unemployment figures. The NNG is expected to bring £827 million directly into the Scottish Economy, by the Fraser of Allander Institute. I haven’t read the full FoA report, but I bet it’s got a few buts in it.
The RSPB had objected to the proposals but were denied by the Court. While being sympathetic to the RSPB’s concerns, wind farms do, of course contribute much to the preservation of the environment by reducing carbon emissions. The NNG will supply around 325 000 homes or all of Edinburgh. Floating wind farms may be the solution to the problem as they can be sited further out away from bird populations. I’ll do a second piece on that.