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Monday 30th July 2012 | 16:39
Scottish National Party press release
The SNP are today welcoming Scotland's first marine energy generation park which has been launched at the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park. The Pentland Firth has been described as the Saudi Arabia of tidal power and has huge renewables potential.
The announcement comes as Mainstream Energy announced plans for an offshore wind farm off the coast of Fife.
Rob Gibson, SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, said this was another milestone in Scotland’s renewables revolution.
Mr Gibson, Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, said:
“Scotland has massive potential for delivering safe and secure clean green energy. Scotland has a quarter of Europe’s wind and tidal potential as well as 10% of its wave power. Today’s announcement of the Pentland Firth is another step in achieving our renewable energy potential and further evidence that Scotland is a world leader of the renewable energy revolution.
“This is a further significant step forward for Scotland's marine renewable sector to develop wave and tidal devices. The renewables sector is delivering jobs and investment to communities across Scotland and this announcement comes just as Mainstream Power announce plans for an offshore wind farm off the coast of Fife that will deliver a £1.4bn investment and could power hundreds of thousands of homes.
“Scotland leads the world in renewable energy, with our green energy potential and vast natural resources, and we have a responsibility to make sure our nation seizes this opportunity to create tens of thousands of new jobs and secure billions of pounds of investment in our economy.”