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Scotland welcomes world's biggest tidal array

Scotland welcomes world's biggest tidal array

Scotland welcomes world's biggest tidal array

The government has announced that construction is set to begin on a new tidal array in the Pentland Firth region of north Scotland.

This is set to become the largest renewable energy facility of its kind in the world - and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) expressed optimism it would bring jobs and energy security to the region.

Indeed, the move would be a welcome development for businesses that are looking to go green, as it would become easier to do so.

Companies that are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint may find they are able to make a start through careful management.

For instance, here at Aurora, we offer professional cleaning services using only biodegradable and carbon free products, which will undoubtedly help to minimise your carbon footprint.

Some £10 million worth of grant funding has been granted to the Scottish Meygen project by the Conservative-led coalition.

When work on the site is complete, it is expected to be able to provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes - as well as creating and sustaining more than 100 jobs.

Additional funding is being provided by the Scottish Government and the Crown Estate, which brings the total expenditure of the scheme to £51 million.

It is hoped that clean, sustainable and secure energy and jobs will be introduced into the community and remain ingrained for decades to come.

This is especially the case of other private enterprises that are inspired to start work on developing their own green energy projects as a consequence of this one.

DECC claims this type of initiative is demonstrative of how the UK and Scottish governments have successfully worked together to create long-term energy solutions for the nations - particularly with the support of other agencies and organisations.

"Meygen will be the biggest tidal stream array in the world," commented energy secretary Ed Davey.

"Wave and tidal power have the potential to provide more than 20 per cent of the UK's electricity needs and Meygen could pave the way for future projects in the Pentland Firth," he continued.

The Marine Energy Array Demonstrator is the source of the funding for this project - and this represents part of the government's wider £185 million commitment to investing in low carbon technologies.

DECC noted that the UK is already home to an estimated 50 per cent of Europe's tidal energy resources - thanks in part to its geographical status as an island.

These trends are expected to develop, with wave and tidal stream energy building to meet 20 per cent of the country's electricity demand.

"This innovative and exciting project puts Scotland and the UK on the map as a global leader in marine technology - meaning jobs, better energy security and the potential to export this technology to the world," Mr Davey commented.

"The project also shows what can be done when the UK and Scottish governments work together to provide a lasting benefit for the people of Scotland," he continued.

Meygen also forms part of £100 million of private investment that is being committed to new cleaner electricity infrastructure between now and 2020, which the coalition hopes will serve to attract the interest of more external financiers.

 

Posted by William Rodriguez