How many offshore wind turbines have been built and erected in Scotland in the last 10 years (Sep 13 - Sep 23) Of all the turbines built how many households are they meant to power?
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Response to your request
In response to the first part of your request, our records indicate that, to date, approximately 299 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) have been constructed since September 2013.
Under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, the Scottish Government is not required to provide information which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another form or format. However, in the interests of meeting our statutory obligation under regulation 9 of the EIRs to advise and assist you.
The most up to date information on the number of households anticipated to be powered can be found on the respective developers’ website.
The projects which have been completed or partially constructed in the past 10 years are:
- Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm
- European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
- Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine
- Moray East Offshore Wind Farm
- Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm
- Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm
- Hywind Scotland Pilot Park
- Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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