Islay gets world's first tidal power array

Published Date: 

22 Mar 2011 - 10:43

Argyll and Bute Council’s welcoming the new £40 million tidal array development in The Sound of Islay. ScottishPower Renewable plans to install ten tidal turbines which will be fully submerged on the seabed just South of Port Askaig.

Scotland has some of the best tidal power resources anywhere in the world and the development is based in The Sound of Islay because there are strong tidal flows, shelter from storms and waves. There’s also available grid capacity. The project will generate enough electricity to power the whole island.

Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Dick Walsh said “The council is at the cutting edge of tidal technology and I’m delighted we are able to harness the power of Argyll’s waves and turn it into green power which will help our communities in the future and reduce our need for fossil fuels.”