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Massive boost as Edinburgh named as site of new multi-million pound offshore wind base

23 March 2012

Global turbine maker Gamesa signs a Memorandum of Understanding

Commenting on news that Leith in Edinburgh is to become the site of a major manufacturing facility to produce offshore wind turbines, WWF Scotland Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said:

"While other parts of the economy are sluggish or even going backwards the renewables industry is going from strength to strength. This investment will create jobs and help reduce carbon emissions, making it excellent news for Edinburgh, for Scotland and for the environment.

"This investment is another massive vote of confidence in Scotland as a key location to do business in renewable energy. This is an industry which is already spending hundreds of billions around the globe every year and we are now a key player in this rapidly growing sector. Renewable energy will be bigger than oil for Scotland and the Government needs to put it even more firmly at the centre of its economic and jobs strategies. Together, renewable energy and energy efficiency can get us off our oil addiction and create one of the world's first modern zero-carbon economies."

NOTES TO EDITORS:

[1] DECC Press Release: World-leading energy firm invests in uk

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_028/pn12_028.aspx#.T2xdqB_GtdQ.twitter


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