Northland Power has officially renamed its two proposed offshore wind projects west of the Hebrides as "Spiorad na Mara" and "Havbredey."
Northland developed the new branding for N4 and N2 in partnership with Stornoway-based LOOM Graphics.
Spiorad na Mara (Spirit of the Sea) is the new moniker for Northland’s 840 MW proposed fixed-bottom wind turbine project, located approximately 5km off the West Side of Lewis.
The more northern project is now known as Havbredey, a Norse word meaning ‘isles on the edge of the sea’.
Havbredey, formerly N2, is the proposed 1500 MW floating wind turbine project, approximately 35 kilometres northwest of Lewis.
Northland Power’s executive vice president for offshore wind David Povall said: “This announcement is an important step forward for the development of the projects and for Northland, as we continue to make progress towards delivering locally produced clean offshore wind energy, which is at the heart of achieving Scotland’s net zero emissions target by 2045.
“The wind resource in and around the Outer Hebrides is among the best in the world, and ScotWind places the Outer Hebrides at the forefront of the energy transition.”
A new website, https://northlandpowerscotwind.co.uk/ has also been launched.
Previously, Northland said they would prioritise the development of Spiorad na Mara in the immediate short term by utilising the established technology of fixed-bottom wind turbines.
During the early summer, the company plans a series of community engagement events in Lewis to update local communities and stakeholders, answer questions and obtain feedback.
Last month, Republic of Ireland renewable energy firm ESB was reportedly engaged in talks with Northland about investing in the two proposed offshore windfarms.
The firm, which is already 50pc stakeholders in the massive Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm off the Fife coast, is now said to be in advanced talks about investing in Northland’s 2.4 GW wind farms in the Outer Hebrides.
The Ttwo multi-billion euro wind farm blocs were awarded to Canada’s Northland Power in January 2022.
The Lewis offshore wind farms are due to come on stream between the end of this decade and early in the next.
Northland has a global portfolio, with assets in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. It also operates a variety of energy platforms, including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage.
ESB, meanwhile, in addition to its Fife interests, is currently developing 5GW of wind energy projects off the coast of Ireland.