Scottish Government grants planning approval for 30MW West Islay tidal energy park

The Government of Scotland has granted planning consent for a tidal energy park to be situated off the south-west coast of Islay.

Equipped with 30 turbines, the park will be able to generate upto 30MW of electricity, enough to power nearly 18,000 homes.

The proposed park will be developed by DP Marine Energy and is expected to create up to 32 new jobs.

Scottish Business, Innovation and Energy Minister 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 30MW, enough to power almost 18,000 homes, helping us to generate more clean, green electricity in Scotland and to meet our climate change obligations.”

Last month, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled investment details of a £43m low-carbon infrastructure programme.

The investment, awarded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), will be used to develop 13 projects throughout Scotland.

The planned projects are expected to help the government achieve its goal of meeting 50% of energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030.