A new study predicts that offshore cheap energy wind farms could create almost 50,000 jobs across Scotland over the next ten years.
The report, commissioned by sustainable cheap energy firm Scottish Renewables and Scottish Enterprise, estimates that by 2020, wind power could support 28,000 jobs and create a further 20,000 in related industries.
Researchers said that the next four years are critical to the success or failure of the Scottish offshore wind industry and urged the government to work together with business leaders in order to speed up the consent process for developments.
It is estimated that around £220 million worth of public and private investment will be needed to fund developments at 11 sites across Scotland, including locations such as Aberdeen, Dundee, Peterhead and Arnish.
Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, said: "If we are to grow employment to these levels over the next ten years, we need schools, colleges and universities to focus on delivering the skills that this new industry requires."
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