Sound of Islay Tidal Energy Project

ScottishPower Renewables has received consent to develop a Demonstration Tidal Array in the Sound of Islay, between the islands of Islay and Jura on the west coast of Scotland.

The tidal array will consist of ten tidal stream generating devices that will be fully submerged on the seabed just south of Port Askaig.

The candidate devices are the HS1000, developed by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest — more details of which can be found here — and Alstom's 1 megawatt tidal turbine, further information of which is provided through this link.

In July 2010 the application for our Sound of Islay Tidal Energy Project was submitted to Marine Scotland and after determination, consent was received on the 16th March 2011.

We are committed to working with our community partner, the Islay Energy Trust (IET), to maximise the social and economic benefits of the project for the local community. This includes identifying opportunities for local businesses and liaising with stakeholders to minimise impacts.

For more information, download the Non Technical Summary for the Sound of Islay Tidal Energy Project

We have also applied to Marine Scotland under Part 4 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 in relation to cabling operations and route, supporting our Sound of Islay Demonstration Tidal Array. The documents related to this application can be accessed via the links below: