June 21 (Renewables Now) - The Scottish government has granted planning consent for an up-to-30-MW tidal energy farm being developed by Irish renewables firm DP Energy Ltd.
The West Islay tidal energy project will have 30 turbines that will be located off the south-west coast of Islay in Scotland. The tidal park will be capable of powering around 18,000 homes and will create up to 32 full time jobs, the Scottish government said today.
DP Energy is partnering on the development with Belgian company Bluepower NV, whose shareholders include DEME and Nuhma. The project secured an agreement for lease from the Crown Estate in 2011 and the planning application was submitted in 2013. According to DP Energy's website construction is expected to start in 2019.
Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said that marine renewable technologies offer large potential to the Scottish economy and rural communities around 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 minister noted.
At the end of 2016 Europe had 13 MW of installed tidal power capacity and 12 MW under construction, according to a report by Ocean Energy Europe.