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Identifying what renewable energy resources you have can help to inform what type of project you should take forward. There are a number of freely available sources of information to assist a community to decide on what type of project to develop.

Take a look at our matrix to help to identify which technologies might be most suited to your community.

Tidal Basics

Tidal energyBeing located on the west coast of Scotland is a great advantage.  The movement of the tides contains a great deal of energy commonly referred to as tidal energy. Tidal energy is considered to have considerable potential to provide significant amounts of reliable and predictable energy, however, unlike other forms of renewable energy, tidal technology capable of reliably harnessing the power of the tides is considered to be in its infancy.

Thanks to its significant tidal resources, Argyll and Bute is home to a number of research and development projects as well as commercial proposals, including, the world leading 10MW Sound of Islay tidal project being developed by Scottish Power Renewables.Maps

The first community tidal power in Scotland is being generated by North Yell Development Council in the Shetlands.

The Argyll and Bute Council area hosts several ‘areas of search’ that are considered to be suitable for wave energy development. These areas of search are available to view on Argyll and Bute Council’s interactive renewables map.

To see an overview of tidal energy click the link below


Carbon Trust LogoCarbon Trust Marine Energy webpage


Case studies of community renewable projects can be found at

Community Energy Scotland  Local Energy Scotland Plan Local Scottish Gov 

All have good case studies of community renewable projects around the country.

Tidal projects will usually require consent from Marine Scotland and permission to use the seabed from The Crown Estate.