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Tidal stream array approved for Scottish Sound of Islay

The Scottish Government has approved the building of the 10 MW tidal stream array planned for the Sound of Islay.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The tidal stream array from ScottishPower Renewables, represents an investment of around £40 million, and will use Hammerfest Strom’s HS1000 tidal turbine, which will be built by Burntisland Fabrication Ltd under a £2m contract.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney, says: "With around a quarter of Europe's potential tidal energy resource and a tenth of the wave capacity, Scotland's seas have unrivalled potential to generate green energy, create new, low carbon jobs, and bring billions of pounds of investment to Scotland.

“This development – the largest tidal array in the world – does just that and will be a milestone in the global development of tidal energy.”

He adds that ScottishPower Renewables will work with the Islay Energy Trust to “maximise social and economic opportunities” for the local community.

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