Sark Renewable Energy is formed from the same directors as Alderney Renewable Energy, which seeks to develop tidal power off Sark's larger neighbor, Alderney, also in the Channel Islands. (HNN 3/13/07)
Airtricity, originally an Irish wind farm developer acquired by SSE in February (HNN 3/28/08), was chosen under a request for proposals by Sark Renewable Energy. The selection is being presented to the Chief Pleas, Sark's parliament.
The tidal capacity surrounding the 4.8-kilometer-by-2.4-kilometer island is estimated at 500 MW. Airtricity is to organize and finance feasibility studies, environmental impact studies, a demonstration project, and eventual harvest and sale of energy.
Sark Renewable Energy said one reason for choosing Airtricity was for SSE's experience in undersea cable laying. The developer group sees a potential to export power to Alderney, 21 miles north; Guernsey, seven miles west; and France, 14 miles east.