Islay tidal park given go-ahead
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.’