WAVE ENERGY DEMONSTRATION ZONE FOR HARRIS
West Harris Trust is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and The European Marine Energy Centre they have successfully bid as a consortium for a “Third Party Manager” seabed lease with the Crown Estate for a potential wave energy demonstration zone off the west coast of Harris. The lease will enable the consortium to explore and assess the potential of the zone for wave energy production over a 3 year period and to seek potential wave energy developers for the site. If these early studies prove successful the consortium would look to manage the area for up to 45 years, entering into long-term leases with suitable developers.
This is an excellent opportunity for the Trust to be engaged in developing marine renewables and to see benefits from this work flowing to the local community. It is likely to be some time before any potential developers look to install devices on the site and any proposals will be the subject of comprehensive community consultation. The Trust will arrange an opportunity later in the year for the community to learn more about the opportunities presented by the demonstration zone.