RWE currently owns or operates around 480 megawatts (MW) of installed renewable capacity in Scotland across 26 onshore wind, offshore wind and hydropower sites and a biomass plant. We have offices in Perth and Inverness and directly employ around 100 people (and many more indirectly) at our sites and in our offices.
Offshore wind: Scotland’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth.
Onshore wind: Eleven onshore wind projects in development and consented, and Glen Kyllachy wind farm under construction.
Hydropower: RWE has developed, constructed and now operates 14 hydropower schemes in Scotland and has recently completed construction of Glen Noe hydropower scheme in Argyll & Bute.
Biomass: RWE built and operates Markinch Biomass Combined Heat & Power district heating plant which provides heat to the Glenrothes Energy Network, a renewable district heating network which officially opened in April 2019.
Our commitment to community investment
Renewables projects that RWE currently operates will contribute £15.2million over their life time into Scottish community benefit funds. This funding is helping to improve quality of life for Scottish residents, many in isolated rural communities, in a wide variety of ways. These include supporting the improvement of community buildings, the provision of education and training grants, the funding of projects which enhance opportunities for tourism, business development and promoting opportunities for young people.
In 2020 alone, wind farms operated by RWE invested over £690,000 into Scottish local communities. For further information visit our "Community funding in action" page.
Investing in Scotland
We are currently identifying opportunities that will build on our vast experience in fixed offshore wind and involvement in a number of floating wind demonstration projects around the world, with a view to being a long-term energy partner for Scotland.
Local spending constitutes a significant proportion of our investment in onshore wind farm construction, and RWE is committed to providing opportunities for firms local to our projects to find out how to tender for work during the construction and operational phases of our renewables projects. For example, one of our recently constructed wind farms in the Highlands, spent 55% equating to about £8.7 million, of the civil engineering contracts on Scottish businesses within 30 kilometres of the construction site.
If you are a supplier and would like to register your interest in supporting us with our projects, please register on our supply chain portal on rwe.com.
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