ScotWind bidder to study community ownership opportunities for offshore wind
The Hornsea One wind park. Image by: Ørsted A/S.
A consortium made up of Falck Renewables SpA (BIT:FKR), Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and BlueFloat Energy, one of the bidders in the ScotWind offshore wind leasing round, is looking into community ownership schemes for offshore wind.
The innovative approach would allow Scottish communities to own a stake in offshore wind farms.
The partnership between the Italian company, the Danish energy major and Madrid-based BlueFloat Energy, which is bidding for acreage for floating wind farms, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with community energy organisation Energy4All. The parties will cooperate in the delivery and execution of a community ownership scheme, with the plans including a public consultation starting in North East Scotland in October.
Falck Renewables has partnered with Energy4All on setting up eight cooperatives at its Scottish onshore wind farms.
“For us it really makes sense to extend that approach to offshore wind and our MOU with Energy4All is the first step in understanding how involving local communities in owning offshore developments might work,” said Richard Dibley, managing director of Falck Renewables Wind Ltd.