09 Mar 2012
An energy firm is to invest £1 billion in developing ten wind farms across Scotland.
Dunfermline-based Burcote Wind said if approved the projects could create around 600 jobs and meet the energy needs of more than 500,000 homes.
It plans to develop the wind farms at locations including Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway.
The projects will combine nearly 800 megawatts (MW) of installed electricity generating capacity.
Alex Salmond, the first minister, welcomed the plans.
Burcote said the turbines represented a total investment of £1.8 billion, including pre-planning costs, capital expenditure on turbines, grid connection upgrades, and operating costs.
Alex Salmond said: "Burcote's announcement is very welcome and further evidence of the significant interest from a range of businesses in investing in Scotland's world-leading renewable energy industry."
The Scottish government said the renewable energy sector secured £750 million of investment in the 12 months to October 2011.