Greens are calling for at least 70% of the supply chain for all new onshore wind projects to come from Scotland, as they plan to double the size of the sector by 2030
The Scottish Greens have called for at least 70% of the supply chain for all new onshore wind projects to come from Scotland, as the party proposes to double the size of the industry.
Ariane Burgess, candidate for Inverness and Nairn, says there is a need for a ‘new deal’ to supply Scotland with wind power in order to meet future demand for electricity as fuel fuels. fossils will be phased out.
The party says it could create hundreds of supply chain jobs in the Highlands by adding eight gigawatts of onshore power generation by 2030.
They would do this by replacing existing turbines with newer, more powerful models while making it easier to invest in onshore wind as long as they keep at least 70% of the supply chain in Scotland.
The Greens also want at least 20% of new wind farms to be community owned, to avoid national scenic areas and national parks and to pay for things like peatland restoration.
Ms. Burgess said: “As we move to electric transportation and heating solutions, demand will increase, as will the onshore wind sector.
“This is why the Scottish Greens are proposing a new wind power deal to encourage the industry to modernize existing turbines and grow. We would ensure that the Scottish supply chain is protected which could create hundreds of jobs for the Highlands.
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