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The world’s fourth largest offshore wind farm – and Scotland’s largest – was officially opened on Monday.

Situated in the North Sea, 13 kilometers (eight miles) off the coast of Caithness, Beatrice’s 84 turbines will generate 588MW of energy – enough to power 450,000 homes every year – and save around eight million tons of carbon emissions over its expected 25-year lifetime operation.

The £2.5 billion ($3 billion) Beatrice project is the largest ever single private investment in Scotland and was developed by Scottish-headquartered energy firm, SSE Renewables (40 percent), with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35 percent) and Red Rock Power Limited (25 percent). Read on.