Introduction

Scotland has a phenomenal offshore wind resource. It also has the ambition, innovation and commitment to be a global leader in offshore wind, delivering significant levels of investment and creating thousands of jobs.

Developing this resource will play a vital role in meeting the Scottish Government’s targets of generating the equivalent of 100% of electricity consumption from renewable sources.

This website highlights the opportunities presented by the offshore wind sector in Scotland. It also provides links to publications and sign posts more in-depth information provided by the partners and stakeholders.

Scotland’s unique advantages

Scotland is perfectly positioned to be a powerhouse of renewable energy. We have an estimated 25% of Europe’s total offshore wind and tidal resource. Plus an estimated 40% of the UK’s total fixed offshore wind potential.

  • Scotland is an innovator and leader in the energy sector with successful and long-established oil and gas companies with offshore experience.
  • We have strong manufacturing capabilities and are home to world-leading companies such as BiFab, Global Energy Group and Steel Engineering who have successfully transitioned to renewables.
  • We are emerging as a global centre for research and development in offshore wind technology and attracting key international investors.
  • Scotland is home to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult - a UK wide technology, innovation and knowledge centre established in Glasgow by the Technology Strategy Board.

Building the industry

Building the industry

Creating the infrastructure to support a successful offshore wind industry.

Building the industry

Journey to 2050

Journey to 2050

Learn about the strategic plans for offshore wind in Scotland moving forward to 2050.

Journey to 2050

The Offshore Wind Scotland Portal

This portal has been developed by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on behalf of the offshore wind industry in Scotland. Please contact these organisations directly for more information.