In Climate Action, today:
‘This achievement is a triumph of public policy and a demonstration of what can be achieved when government and the private sector roll their sleeves up and decide to create a whole new industry together.’ (Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis)
Cornelius is referring to the MeyGen tidal array of four 1.5 megawatt turbines in the reliably choppy waters of the Pentland Firth. It’s already the largest such array in the world. The role of the Scottish Government as the UK government pulled out of funding tidal projects was made clear by Scotland’s Energy Minister who said:
‘Support from the Scottish Government has been instrumental in getting the company to this stage. From granting a marine licence in 2014, to providing over £23 million of investment in phase 1A of the project, and to officially launching the project in 2016, Scottish Ministers have been actively involved in MeyGen’s success from the start.’
The current 6MW array will power up to 2 600 homes but Atlantis hope to increase it to 286 turbines, generating around 288W and powering up to 125 000 homes.
Remember, this is just one element within Scotland’s fast growing renewables sector which is accelerating toward its 100% target by 2020. See: