SNP Energy Spokesperson Fergus Ewing has welcomed the news that MeyGen have signed a multi-million pound deal to sell electricity from the planned tidal energy scheme in the Pentland Firth.
Construction on one of the world’s largest tidal power projects will begin in the Pentland Firth later this year, thanks to a £20.5 million investment from the Scottish Government which was announced last month. Once completed, the 269-turbine development could power almost 175,000 homes and support more than 100 jobs in the north of Scotland.
Mr Ewing said:
“This latest milestone towards harnessing Scotland’s tidal power is very welcome, and illustrates Scotland’s the huge energy potential.
“Our ambition for Scotland’s emerging wave and tidal sectors remains great. The Pentland Firth development takes our ambition to the next level and further cements Scotland’s reputation as a world leader in deploying renewables technology.
“We know that the successful harnessing of ocean power takes hard work and persistence which is why we are determined to support those in the industry.
“By developing clean, green energy we are creating opportunities for communities in the north of Scotland and delivering jobs and investment.”
Press Release, September 18, 2014