Date lodged: 20 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how much planned investment it has to further develop wind farms across the north east.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 1 February 2017
The Scottish Government does not have any plans to directly invest in wind farms anywhere in Scotland. Our draft Energy Strategy is due for publication shortly and will outline our aspirations for onshore wind in Scotland.
Through Local Energy Scotland, the Scottish Government offers start-up grants and pre-planning loans for community and locally owned projects. Due to unwelcome reductions in UK support for renewable energy technologies, as many as 14 previously viable projects are no longerviable, therefore in the North East we currently estimate that five onshore wind projects are likely to progress and will require a total of £220,000 of future investment.”