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23 Jan 2009 05:01:03

First commercial wave farm approved for Scotland

First commercial wave farm approved for Scotland
Scotland's first commercial wave farm will be built in the Western Isles after receiving planning approval.

The Siadar wave farm will be built on Lewis and will have the capacity to generate four megawatts of electricity.

It will constitute a concrete breakwater housing 40 turbines and is to be built by npower renewables and Wavegen.

First minister Alex Salmond said the project was "a significant step in Scotland's journey to become a world leader in renewables".

He added: "The Siadar wave farm will be one of the largest consented wave electricity generating station in the world. It is the first commercial wave farm in Scotland and is starting with a capacity to power around 1,800 homes."

Echoing recent comments from Barack Obama, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, Mr Salmond suggested that economic recovery could be achieved on the back of a boom in the development of low carbon technologies.

Scotland aims to meet 50 per cent of its own electricity demand by 2050 and 31 per cent by 2011.

Already it has the capacity to generate three gigawatts(GW) of renewable energy and when already consented projects are included it will have the capacity to generate 5.5GW.

Overall, the UK is bound to generate 15 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2020.



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