SSE Renewables is a leading developer and operator of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, its strategy is to drive the transition to a zero-carbon future through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets.
SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of onshore wind capacity with over 1GW under development. Its 1,450MW hydro portfolio includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro. Its offshore wind portfolio consists of 580MW across three offshore sites, two of which it operates on behalf of its joint venture partners.
SSE Renewables has the largest offshore wind development pipeline in the UK and Ireland at over 7GW.
In September 2018, SSE Renewables purchased the 50% share of Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd owned by its then Joint Venture partner, Fluor Ltd, to take full ownership.
SSE Renewables offshore wind activities include:
Ten years of development
In 2010, the Crown Estate awarded Seagreen Wind Energy Limited the exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone of the UK's Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme.
The Zone is located over 27km from the Angus coastline, covering an area of around 2,850Km2 in the outer Firth of Forth.
Seagreen has since worked closely with stakeholders and undertaken extensive surveys and assessments to develop a number of projects within the Zone. The Zone is being developed in two distinct phases:
Phase One - Up to 1.5GW in the northern area of the Zone
Phase Two (Seagreen 2 & 3) - In development - please click here for more information
In October 2014, Scottish Ministers gave consent for the development of Phase One with two offshore wind farms - Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo.
The electricity generated by Seagreen Phase One will be delivered to a new onshore substation at Tealing (near Dundee) via subsea and underground cables for onward transmission on the national electricity transmission system.
The location and layout of the Seagreen offshore wind farm proposals has included extensive assessment taking into account the potential impacts on marine wildlife, bird populations and landscape and visual.
The map shows the locations of the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo development areas in the northern area of the Firth of Forth Zone.
This map shows the export cable route from the site to the Tealing substation.
The electricity generated by Seagreen Phase One will be transmitted to the substation via subsea and underground cables.