China, Scotland team up for wind energy

June 26, 2013 at 6:58 AM

BEIJING, June 26 (UPI) -- Scottish leadership in renewable resources and China's growing demand for energy makes them natural partners, a visiting Scottish minister said in Beijing.

Scottish energy company SgurrEnergy signed a two-year deal to serve as an adviser to the Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute on its design for China's offshore Zhukai wind farm.

Scottish Minister for External Affairs Humza Yousaf praised the company for its strong record in complementary developments in China, which is working to establish a low-carbon economy.

"It is another positive step forward in strengthening Sino-Scottish links and confirming Scotland's reputation as a global leader in the development of renewable energy," he said in a statement Tuesday in Beijing.

China Daily reports the government aims to increase the installed capacity of wind energy from 5 gigawatts in 2015 to 30 gigawatts in 2020. The report adds wind development offshore China is in its infancy because of construction difficulties, though wind patterns are considered conducive to renewable energy.

Scotland, for its part, aims to generate 100 percent of its electricity needs through renewable energy resources by 2020.

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