Community tidal turbine running

The world’s first community-owned tidal turbine has started to export electricity to the local grid, Scotland’s energy minister announced at All-Energy 2014.

The 30kW turbine, which sits on the seabed at a depth of over 30 metres below the waves, is now providing power for up to 30 homes in North Yell in Shetland, as well as for a local industrial estate.

The project has been funded by the Scottish Government¹s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme, Shetland Islands Council and North Yell Development Council.

Ewing also announced Edinburgh-based Nova Innnovation has secured a £700,000 ($1.18m) loan to support the first phase of the 0.5MW Shetland Tidal Array.

Other projects are also being supported through the enterprise agency's Renewable Energy Investment Fund.

Inverness company AWS Ocean Energy has received a loan of £250,000 to support further development and testing of its AWS-III, a wave energy device which offers the prospect of wave energy on a farm scale, while Islay Energy Community Benefit Society will receive a £735,000 loan to install a community owned 330kW turbine on the island.