Is­lay ti­dal park given go-ahead

The Oban Times - - News -

A 30-TUR­BINE ti­dal park, to be sited off the south-west coast of Is­lay, has been granted plan­ning con­sent.

West Is­lay Ti­dal En­ergy Park will have a gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of up to 30 MW, enough to power around 18,000 homes.

The DP Ma­rine En­ergy Lim­ited de­vel­op­ment will be lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately six kilo­me­tres off the south-west coast of Is­lay and will cre­ate up to 32 full-time jobs.

Scot­tish Govern­ment min­is­ter for busi­ness, in­no­va­tion and en­ergy Paul Wheel­house said:

‘Ma­rine re­new­able tech­nolo­gies of­fer huge po­ten­tial to the Scot­tish econ­omy – and to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties through­out the world.

‘ Scot­land has a third of UK’s ti­dal stream re­sources and two-thirds of its wave re­sources. We are also home to the world’s lead­ing wave and ti­dal test cen­tre, the world’s largest planned ti­dal stream ar­ray and the world’s largest ti­dal tur­bine.

‘ The West Is­lay Ti­dal En­ergy Park builds upon this strong foun­da­tion.

‘Its 30 tur­bine ar­ray will gen­er­ate up 30 MW, enough to power al­most 18,000 homes, help­ing us to gen­er­ate more clean, green elec­tric­ity in Scot­land and to meet our cli­mate change obli­ga­tions.’

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