Over 70 bids have been submitted by developers seeking the rights to develop offshore wind projects on the seabed around Scotland.
The ScotWind Leasing auction, overseen by Crown Estate Scotland (CES), is the first of its kind in a decade.
Bidders include consortia of major oil companies , utility companies and fonds of investment from around the world.
The auction, which closed on Friday, covers 15 seabed areas.
They include areas of the North Sea to the east of 'Angus, the outer Moray Firth, west of Orkney, east of Shetland and north-west of Lewis and Islay.
CES said it hoped that up to 10 GW of new generation capacity could be builtts over the next decade as a result of the project - enough to power every home in Scotland.
The auction could bring the Scottish Government up to £ 860million.
CES aims to make initial offers to successful applicants in January of next year.
The deals will then be finalized before developers can move forward with detailed plans.
image caption The auction covers 15 seabed areas
Colin Palmer, director of the navy for CES, said: "TheHigh number of developer applications shows how the Scottish seas have potential for future offshore wind expansion.
"There is now a tremendous amount of work to be done to thoroughly and fairly evaluate each application so that the strongest projects take the next step in helping to propel the energy industry forward. Scotland towards a net zero future. "
The Scottish government has set itself the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2045.
Reacting to the CES announcement, Scottish Renewables tweeted: "The results show global interest in ScotWind Leasing - the industry is now awaiting the outcome with a real sense of urgency to get the job done.