Two test turbines at the MeyGen scheme in the Pentland Firth have generated 700MWh of monthly production. That’s a world record for marine turbines. The electricity generated enough power for 2 000 homes but as you can see below, the finished project is expected to generate enough for 700 000 homes.
Looking at the diagram above, it suggests there will be 400 turbines so if 2 can now do 2 000 homes, then 400 will do 800 000 homes?
Here is just a sample of some of the earlier records set by Scotland’s renewables industry and reported here:
Reporting in Insider magazine, Dr Sam Gardner, of WWF Scotland said:
‘This is a sign that Scotland is really making progress in harnessing the power of our seas and that we’re on our way to securing a low carbon future. By supporting projects like this one, which provide clean, predictable, homegrown power, the Scottish Government can help fight climate change, strengthen our energy security and drive further job creation in sustainable industries.’
I suspect that ‘can’ should be ‘does’.