Test turbine approved for Methil

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A 185-metre demonstration wind turbine at Methil has been agreed by the Scottish Government.

Ministers gave their approval last week to a test site for a six-megawatt offshore turbine at Fife Energy Park, after a request by 2B Energy.

The developer now has permission to test a novel single, two-bladed wind turbine, 20 metres off the coast, with the electricity generated being utilised locally.

In April last year, 2B Energy Ltd. submitted an application for consent to construct and operate a demonstration wind turbine at Methil, 20 metres offshore, with a generating capacity of six MW.

After the application was submitted, 2B Energy made a number of material changes to its proposals. Fife Council supported the bid, amid backing from Levenmouth’s area committee, and no public representations were received.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Innovative companies deciding to test their new ideas in Scotland is further evidence of our reputation as a place to develop and deploy all forms of new green energy technologies.

“We are working to create the optimum conditions for low carbon investment to ensure we remain well-placed to become an international hub for low carbon expertise and a green energy powerhouse for Europe.”