Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm is proud to back renewable energy awards
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With the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards this month, a new sponsor is looking forward to the event and becoming part of the sector's community with its innovative project.
The Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm is sponsoring the best natural capital project at the Awards on Thursday, June 23.
Located off the coast of Dounreay, the wind farm will be constructed in two stages. The first consists of a single turbine demonstrator that will showcase new floating wind technology with a high potential for localisation in Scotland, with deployment expected in 2025. The remaining turbines will be installed in 2026. An application will be submitted to Marine Scotland in summer 2022 to develop the project.
Upon completion, the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm will be the largest of its kind in the world and is estimated to provide enough green energy for almost 70,000 homes per year – approximately 65 per cent of those in the Highland Council area.
Richard Copeland, project director said: “The Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm is proud to sponsor the best natural capital category at the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards which shine a light on the outstanding achievements of the region’s renewables sector.
“Pentland is an innovative project that will harness the strong wind resources found in deeper waters offshore to bring social, environmental, and economic benefits to the region. We aim to prioritise collaboration with local, Highland-based companies, and be an active member of the Highland renewable energy community and are pleased to be able to support projects adding to the region’s natural capital today.”
Entries to the Awards have closed and the judges are making their final decisions. All the winners will be announced at the online ceremony which is hosted by broadcaster and Highland News and Media (HNM) columnist Nicky Marr. The awards begin at 6.30pm.
To register to attend the online event, visit www.hnmedia.co.uk/ renewable-energy-day
The Awards follow the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) which is also being held in a virtual format and gets underway at noon.
SHREC brings together specialists from the worlds of business, politics and academia to look at the challenges and opportunities the drive towards a net zero future will mean for our region.
SHREC 2022 takes the theme: The Time is Now, inspired in part by Glasgow hosting the UN climate crisis conference COP26 towards the end of last year.
Topics under discussion include a look back at the findings of COP26, how a just transition to a net zero economy can be achieved, and how well placed the Highlands and Islands are to deliver renewable energy solutions which can be exported to the rest of the world.
Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Day has once again been made possible by the partnership of Executive publisher HNM and leading law firm Harper Macleod LLP.
To find out more and to register to attend the conference, visit Harper Macleod’s events page at https://events.harpermacleod.co.uk/events