Nova Scotia commits to 1.5-MW tidal array project

By Pamela Largue

Tidal energy company Nova Innovation has received a permit to develop a 1.5-MW tidal array in Petit Passage, in the Bay of Fundy area of Nova Scotia, Canada.

A carefully phased approach starting with a single turbine in 2020, then three phases of 0.5 MW, will eventually see 15 new tidal stream turbines installed by 2023 on the seabed, to generate enough clean electricity to power 600 homes.

“In the face of the climate emergency, we are on a mission to transform the power of the oceans across the world into clean, predictable energy,” said Simon Forrest, chief executive of Nova Innovation. “At five times the size of our array in Shetland, this project is a massive step forward for Nova Innovation and the sector — propelling Nova Scotia to a leading position in tidal energy.

“We are delighted to have won the contract. Canada, particularly Nova Scotia, is blessed with an abundant tidal resource and it is inspiring to see the political drive, locally and nationally, to make Nova Scotia the global leader in the sector. The momentum building behind tidal energy is demonstrated by the astonishing response to Nova Innovation’s ongoing crowdfunding campaign, which has so far seen more than 1,000 people invest to join our mission.”

The Province of Nova Scotia is putting its weight behind tidal power, pledging to pay Nova Innovation 50 cents per kWh of electricity from the 15 new turbines, recognizing the costs of developing a ground-breaking new energy technology. This long-term approach will enable Canada to become the global hub of the sector, establish a highly skilled supply chain, help regenerate coastal communities and capitalize on the jobs being created by the industry.

“Nova Scotia’s leadership in the development of clean, renewable tidal energy continues to attract new businesses and new investment to our shores,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “These projects are growing our green economy, creating jobs in rural areas of the province and they have tremendous potential to help in our fight against climate change.”

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