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Engineering giant awarded major contract to transform the future of energy with nation's newest offshore wind project: 'It's about setting a benchmark'

"We are honored to play a role in the development of the Spiorad na Mara offshore wind farm."

"We are honored to play a role in the development of the Spiorad na Mara offshore wind farm."

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With Scotland seeking to reach an ambitious net zero emissions goal by 2045, news of progress in the construction of a huge wind farm off the nation's coast will certainly be welcomed. 

Engineering firm Kent has claimed the contract to deliver works for the Spiorad na Mara offshore wind farm, which is expected to provide 900 megawatts of renewable power generation once complete.

In a statement, Kent detailed that the site will be located between three and eight miles from the Isle of Lewis and could provide electricity for around 815,000 homes in Scotland, while also preventing the release of 1.36 million tonnes (1.5 million tons) of planet-warming carbon dioxide. 

"We are honored to play a role in the development of the Spiorad na Mara offshore wind farm," said U.K. offshore wind director at Kent Cerianne Cummings. "This project is not just about advancing renewable energy; it's about setting a benchmark for sustainable development in the offshore wind sector."

As the world seeks to rely less on coal-fired power stations, which the International Energy Agency says still supply over a third of the globe's energy needs, large-scale wind and solar projects are essential to support growing demand for electricity while doing so with little environmental impact.

Thankfully, Scotland is one of the leading nations in the world in terms of wind power production. According to the Scottish Government, the nation boasts 11 gigawatts of renewable wind capacity, accounting for 39% of the United Kingdom's total and 1% of global installed wind capacity. 

But it's not just major renewable projects that can make a difference in terms of reducing pollution that increases temperatures and makes the risk and length of extreme weather events greater

Small-scale, domestic installations of solar panels and wind turbines will help to reduce reliance on an energy grid that still depends on dirty fuel while also providing long-term savings on energy bills.

Government initiatives like the Inflation Reduction Act are making it even cheaper to invest in domestic renewable technology, so now is a perfect time to make your home life more sustainable and affordable. 

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