Crown Estate Scotland announces offshore wind fund

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Crown Estate Scotland has announced a £500,000 fund for the development of offshore wind in Scotland. The funds comprise £300,000 for Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) projects and £200,000  for environmental research.

SOWEC was established as a partnership between the public sector and the offshore wind industry to co-ordinate a Scotland-wide response to the Offshore Wind Sector Deal and focus on specific shared priorities in Scotland.
The awarding of SOWEC funding will be linked to criteria which include aligning with the goals of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, Crown Estate Scotland’s corporate objectives and/or the Supply Chain Development aspect of the ScotWind leasing process.

SOWEC proposals must also be able to demonstrate increased opportunity for collaboration with other industries or sectors, in particular those linked to Energy Transition, Blue Economy, or Net Zero. Proposals must also show a likely positive impact on the increased development of offshore wind in Scotland.

Crown Estate Scotland is also co-funding five research projects with Marine Scotland to better its understanding of the potential environmental impacts of offshore wind projects on birds and marine mammals. These research projects will be jointly managed by Crown Estate Scotland and Marine Scotland as part of their Scottish Marine Research programme (ScotMer) and will focus on improving the evidence base and developing assessment methodologies to support robust decision-making for the next generation of offshore wind projects.

Colin Palmer, Director of Marine for Crown Estate Scotland, said: “Offshore wind represents a huge opportunity for Scotland which will help us move towards Net Zero while also boosting the green economic recovery and bringing economic benefits to communities.

“Having already launched a leasing round set to attract up to £8bn in investment, we are today going even further and providing direct support for initiatives which will improve understanding and capability of how to secure the sustainable growth of the sector.”

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