Phase Two of the proposed Neart na Gaoithe wind farm off Fife Ness has started with the siting of high-tech wind measuring equipment.
Developer Mainstream Renewable Power has deployed the FLiDAR, which is like a floating mini meteorological centre, about 21km off the Fife coast. The technology is designed to capture valuable wind data in the harshest conditions and will remain on site for up to 12 months.
The state-of-the-art measurement equipment is powered by its own renewable energy system comprising solar photovoltaic and wind power technology.
The Neart na Gaoithe development will cover around 100km2, in depths of up to 55 metres, with the potential to generate 450MW of renewable energy, enough to supply around 325,000 homes.
Construction work is anticipated to start later this year, with electricity generated from 2017. The combined onshore and offshore development represents an investment of around £1.3bn and is expected to create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs, both during construction and throughout its operation.