The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, located about eight miles off the coast of Wick in the far north, is a powerhouse of energy that can run 450,000 homes in Scotland.
The £2.65bn project, which involves 84 huge turbines, came fully online in May and achieved 588MW of electricity being Scotland’s single largest source of renewable energy. The development, construction and operation were led by SSE Renewables in a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited.
Prince Charles will visit the offices of Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited and SSE Renewables in Wick to mark the official opening.
Scotland has incredible potential to tap on close to half of Europe’s Offshore wind has a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind supply, and this new farm is the beginning.
With this Scotland is slated to meet the growing demands of the lack created due to energy resource shortage thereby meeting some of the world’s most interesting climate change targets and building a smart energy system with renewable energy at its heart.
The Beatrice project is the fourth largest offshore wind farm in the world, with only two projects in England and one off the Netherlands generating more energy. However, the Beatrice array is built in deeper water, with jacket foundations each weighing in at about 1,000 tonnes installed in sea depths of up to 183ft (56m).
Scotland hit a record high during the first six months of 2019. Figures from Weather Energy calculated the energy produced by turbines could power every home in Scotland and part of the north of England.