• Europe, Scotland
  • Sold with consent
  • Developed by:

    Mainstream Renewable Power

  • Location:


  • Total Capacity:

    450 MW

  • Fully Consented by:

    Mainstream Renewable Power

  • Sold to:

    EDF Group


Mainstream won the rights to develop the 450 MW site located in Scottish Territorial Waters in 2009 through a competitive bidding process with The Crown Estate. The Neart project represents a £2bn investment and was sold 'shovel-ready' to EDF Group in 2018.  The project is currently at pre-construction stage. 

Mainstream took the project from inception through all stages of onshore and offshore consent and achieved a number of key project milestones, see below. 

An in-depth community consultation process was also undertaken by the team engaging with local stakeholders throughout the process. 

The Neart na Gaoithe project is the only one of ten sites from the 2008 Scottish auction to reach construction stage.

Project Milestones:

During the project development stage a number of milestones were reached:

  • 2009/ Awarded offshore wind site in Scottish Waters from The Crown Estate.
  • 2011/ Signs Agreement for Lease with The Crown Estate.
  • 2013/ Receives Contract for Difference from the Deparment of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
  • 2013/ Receives onshore planning consent for Neart project.
  • 2014/ New floating offshore wind measurement device completes validation.
  • 2014/ Granted offshore consent by the Scottish Government to build 450 MW offshore wind farm.
  • 2015/ UK Government awards Mainstream a Contract for Difference.

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