Consent Given for Sound of Islay Tidal Energy Project

March 17, 2011
Hammerfest Strom HS1000 Tidal Turbines

Hammerfest Strom HS1000 Tidal Turbines

The Sound of Islay Tidal Energy project has reached another milestone with the announcement by the Scottish Government that it has given consent to ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) to proceed with the project.  The project is the world’s first tidal energy array to be given consent and if testing is successful in Orkney this summer 10 x 1MW devices will be installed just south of Port Askaig in the summer of 2013.

Andy Macdonald, the Islay Energy Trust’s Tidal Project Officer said that he was delighted with the news – “To be the first consented tidal array in the world is a great achievement.  It is the result of the combined efforts of SPR, the Islay Energy Trust and the local suppliers that contributed to the Environmental Impact Assessment.  Now we can focus on the engineering challenges of the single device deployment in Orkney and start planning for a deployment in the Sound of Islay in 2013 of the ten Hammerfest Strom HS1000 Tidal Turbines.”

It is estimated that the project has spent almost £160,000 on services on Islay so far and this is likely to reach £500,000 by the time that installation is completed.  Philip Maxwell, Chairman of the IET, welcomed the successful cooperation with SPR.   He said, “What we have achieved together so far with this project sets a new benchmark for corporate – community cooperation.  IET looks forward to building on this model with SPR and other developers in the future exploitation of marine energy and offshore wind in the seas around Islay.”


New interest-free loans scheme for domestic renewables

March 14, 2011

The Scottish Government has announced a new pot of money is to be made available to householders wishing to install micro-renewables, such as heat pumps, small wind turbines or solar panels. £500,000 worth of interest-free loans will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with the maximum loan award to be £2000. The Home Renewables Loan Scheme opens to applications on 1st April, and when coupled with the Feed-in Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive helps to make renewable technologies more attractive than ever.


Renewable Heat Incentive announced

March 10, 2011

Householders planning on installing any form of renewable heating – for example heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal water heating – should take note of the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive today.  Details are available on the Department Of Climate Change website – final payments are still to be fully thrashed out, but this is a welcome confirmation that the scheme will actually go ahead, after some concern in recent months that it may become a victim of the economic crisis.


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