Homeowners in Glasgow could be encouraged to compare energy companies with news that Scottish and Southern Energy is setting up a renewables headquarters in the city.
The Centre of Engineering Excellence for Renewable Energy (CEERE) will be established in the city at a cost of £20 million and will act as the energy supplier's European headquarters for its renewable projects.
Details regarding its specific location in the city have yet to be revealed, but the firm has confirmed the centre will create 250 high-end jobs, while an additional 70 will be available for local Glasgow workers.
Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister, said: "This initiative positions Glasgow to be at the epicentre of a key strand of 21st century engineering, just as the city dominated the engineering ages of the past."
CEERE will focus on co-ordinating Scottish and Southern Energy's wind farm projects throughout Europe as part of the company's existing plan to invest £3 billion in the technology over the next few years.
Offshore wind farms are generally more popular than their onshore counterparts due to their reduced visual impact on landscapes.
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