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ScottishPower Renewables to develop tidal power array in Sound of Islay

The Scottish Government has approved ScottishPower Renewables' plans to develop a 10-MW tidal power array in The Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast.

The project envisages generating enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of the whole island, according to a press release. 

It is the first tidal array project to be approved by Marine Scotland, the directorate of Scottish Government responsible for the management of Scotland's seas, reports indicate.

ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) plans to install ten tidal turbines, each capable of producing 1MW of electricity. The project will use HS1000 tidal turbines developed by Hammerfest Strom AS, a company partly-owned owned by Iberdrola (SPR's parent company).

The company is currently constructing the first HS1000 device that will go into waters off Orkney later this year.

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