The Scottish Government has entered into an agreement with the renewables sector to expedite the decision-making process for new onshore wind farms. Under the terms of the deal, decisions for new wind farms will be accelerated, taking a maximum of one year when no public inquiry is required and up to two years when a public inquiry is necessary. This move is expected to halve the time it takes for decisions to be made by streamlining the process and enhancing the quality of applications.
Scotland aims to become a global leader in recycling and repurposing wind turbine blades by establishing a specialized facility by 2030. The deal signifies the government's commitment to reaching net-zero emissions while supporting the growth of the renewables sector.
After signing the agreement, Wellbeing Economy Secretary Neil Gray emphasized the importance of government and industry working together to achieve their shared goal of a sustainable and renewable energy future.
Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Claire Mack hailed the deal as a significant step forward for the renewable energy industry, emphasizing its role in helping Scotland reach its goal of 20GW of onshore wind capacity by 2030. The agreement also encourages early engagement with local communities and the provision of community benefits, as well as commitments to creating skilled jobs, including apprenticeships, in Scotland's renewable energy sector.