THE Beatrice offshore wind farm has capped a momentous year by winning a top renewable energy industry award. The £2.5 billion project off the east coast of Caithness took the Judges’ Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards, held in Edinburgh on Thursday night – recognising its excellence in engagement with local communities, innovative installation techniques and world-leading safety standards. The 588MW development by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (Bowl) was completed in May this year with the installation of the last of its 84 turbines. It is Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm and the fourth largest in the world, generating enough energy to power 450,000 homes. Three years after construction began, Beatrice was officially opened in July when Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay, visited the operations and maintenance base in restored harbour-front buildings in Wick. About 90 staff are employed there. Beatrice, developed by SSE Renewables (40 per cent), with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35 per cent) and Red Rock Power (25 per cent), was nominated in three categories. The first was for best engagement, for the project team’s work in keeping the community, fisheries and key stakeholders informed from the development stage and throughout construction.
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