UK based The Crown Estate is the development partner for the offshore farms planned to be built 22km off the Caithness coast.

The company plans to install between 189 to 339 turbines over a 295km² area having a total generation capacity of 1,500MW.

The Crown Estate energy and infrastructure lead for Scotland Ronnie Quinn, "We are pleased to be able to support the Scottish Government’s renewable energy initiative with significant financial commitments that are driving the development of Scotland’s low carbon energy industry and will also provide opportunities for new jobs and inward investment."

EDPR UK Project Director and Managing Director Dan Finch added, "By working in deeper water, more than 12 miles from shore, we can take advantage of the excellent wind resource in the outer Moray Firth, and make a significant contribution to cutting greenhouse gas production and reducing the need to burn fossil fuels."