Wind power generates millions for economy

Responding to a report that showed 18 wind farms across the UK supported 8,600 jobs and brought £548million to the economy, SNP MSP Rob Gibson said this highlights the benefits of moving towards a low-carbon economy.

The UK report, with research led by BiGGAR Economics, also showed Scotland accounts for more than 60 per cent of the wind power in the UK.

Mr Gibson, SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, said:

“This welcome report simply highlights what benefits were reaped last year from wind power – and what can be reaped in future years.

“Scotland has vast renewables resources and our wind industry employs tens of thousands of people, supporting the economy in this tough financial climate.

“Over half of the wind farms in this report are based in Scotland, which shows international corporations and domestic firms are investing for the future in Scotland’s world-leading renewables industry.

“Scotland has a legacy of industrial expertise in the energy sector that is delivering 35% of our electricity needs as well as jobs and investment to our communities.

“Poll after poll has shown the overwhelming majority of Scots back wind power as the best way to generate energy.

“Scotland has a total estimated renewables capital investment of £46 billion, ready to create thousands of new jobs in Scotland – most recently with Gamesa's decision to invest in Edinburgh rather than Hartlepool, bringing 900 new jobs to Scotland.

“Scotland has won the natural lottery with its abundant resources of wind, tides and waves, that make our country a world-leader in renewables.”