Scottish government announces tidal energy project
Post by Karl Phillips
on 17 March 2011 in Ethical Living
A tidal energy development, expected to be the largest in
the world, is to be built off the coast of Scotland.
The Scottish government announced today that 10 underwater
turbines will be installed in the Sound of Islay, which runs between the
islands of Islay and Jura, off the country’s west coast. They will be capable
of producing 10 megawatts of electricity, enough to satisfy the needs of 5,000
The £40million project is being undertaken by ScottishPower
Renewables, and according to John Swinney, the government’s cabinet secretary
for finance and sustainable growth, it will bring numerous benefits to the
ScottishPower Renewables is to work with communities on
Islay and Jura to maximise social and economic opportunities presented by the
scheme, including new local jobs.
Mr Swinney said: "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
Homeowners across Scotland are being urged to take energy efficiency measures. The government aims to source 80 per cent of its electricity
from renewable sources by 2020.
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