Perpetuus Tidal gets planning consent for onshore facilities

Local Planning Authority has granted an outline planning consent for the onshore elements of the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) on the Isle of Wight, southern England.

A planning application was submitted to the Isle of Wight Council in November last year for a substation and associated infrastructure located in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

The planning committee has passed outline plans for it to be built on existing development land close to Flowers Brook.

This represents the first phase of the project, with an application for the offshore elements being considered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

Mark Francis, Project Manager, said: “We are delighted with today’s decision. We are working closely with the Marine Management Organisation and we expect a decision later this year.”

Francis added that the company is hoping to have the site operational by 2018.

PTEC has submitted an application to the Marine Management Organisation and Isle of Wight Council for permission to construct and operate a tidal energy demonstration site in January this year.

The total electrical output from the site is expected to be around 65.000 MW/h per year which will provide enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of over a quarter of Isle of Wight homes, PTEC’s press release reads.

In January, the project was backed by UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron.

The company behind PTEC is Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd – a consortium which includes Perpetuus Energy Ltd, the Isle of Wight Council and TB Partners LLP.

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