The first turbine of the MeyGen tidal power project in northeast Scotland has produced its first power.
Developer Atlantis Resources, who plans to make the project, located in the Pentland Firth, the largest of its kind in the world, has heralded the launch of the first 1.5 MW tidal stream turbines a success.
To that end the company expect a further three 1.5 MW tidal stream turbines to be installed at the site by the end of this year in an initial 6 MW phase.
The project has received £23 million in Scottish Government funding and will eventually have 269 turbines, bringing its capacity to 398 MW – enough electricity to power 175,000 homes.
Tim Cornelius, chief executive of the Edinburgh-based company, said: “This is the moment we have been working towards since we first identified the MeyGen site back in 2007. The success of this first phase is a foundation for the tidal industry to build upon to ensure we develop a new energy sector which can deliver clean, predictable and affordable power from the UK’s own abundant resources.”
Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “The Pentland Firth is one of the most promising tidal energy sites in the world and it’s testament to Atlantis’ determination that it’s now being tapped into.”
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