46% of Scotland’s energy consumption is provided by renewable energy. Scotland holds 25% of the total Wind generation capacity of Europe. By 2020 Scotland is aiming to cover 100% consumption with Renewable Energy. The Pentland firth is one of the largest potential Wave energy sources in Europe and has recently been awarded a 25 year lease to operate on the sea bed from the Crown Estates.
Atlantis, the company behind plans for the MeyGen 269-turbine tidal scheme, has secured a 25-year lease from the Crown Estate for the seabed involved.
It is the largest marine energy lease to be awarded by the Crown Estate and is the first in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters region.
Atlantis plan to start installing devices in the Inner Sound of the firth over the next two years.
By 2020, 61 of the 269 turbines proposed could be in place.
The Scottish and UK governments, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Crown Estate are providing millions of pounds in funding.
The MeyGen tidal stream project is at the forefront of world marine energy development and will harvest the tidal resource of one of the most energetic sites in Europe.
MeyGen Limited, the development company and project sponsor, has secured an Agreement for Lease from The Crown Estate for the area that lies in the channel (Inner Sound) between the island of Stroma and the north easterly tip of the Scottish mainland, encompassing almost 3.5km2 of fast flowing water. It is our overall goal to deliver a fully operational, 398MW renewable energy plant powered purely by the tide, generating the equivalent electricity to power 40,000 Scottish homes by the early 2020s.
“The Crown Jewel of The Pentland Firth”
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