SME gets Nova Scotia tidal green light |

Published July 24, 2019 • Source

UK tidal developer Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has been granted consent and a power purchase agreement by the Nova Scotia provincial government for a 1.26MW array project in Canada.

SME will deploy three Plat-I floating devices each with a rated capacity of 420kW at Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) Berth C.

The licence allows SME to sell the electricity it generates to Nova Scotia Power via a feed-in tariff worth C$530 per megawatt-hour.

Operations from the Bay of Fundy project are scheduled to begin by 16 December 2020.

SME is required to obtain all other necessary approvals, permits and authorizations for the FORCE scheme.

SME has previously deployed a non-grid connected 280kW Plat-I floating platform (pictured) in the Grand Passage of the Bay of Fundy.

“Tidal energy is about more than clean, renewable electricity,” said Nova Scotia Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette.

“This developing industry has the potential to create green jobs in rural areas of the province and it’s good to see one of our developers taking its project to the next level.”