A hydro-electric mini power plant off the coast of west Wales has been given the go-ahead by the Government.
Tidal Energy’s 1.2MW DeltaStream device will provide electricity to the local distribution network during its 12-month test period, with the potential to power up to 1,000 homes.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said the device - based in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire - will be assembled in west Wales and provide skilled jobs to the local economy.
In approving the pilot project, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said it was the kind of innovative energy scheme he would like to see more of in the UK.
He added: “The UK’s great marine heritage and our engineering genius make the potential for wave and tidal energy here vast.
“We must make the most of our natural marine resource, not just to cut our emissions, but to boost energy security and create jobs.
“I wish Tidal Energy the best of luck with testing their DeltaStream device off Wales. This is exactly the kind of innovative and exciting project I want to see more of.”
Each DeltaStream unit consists of three generators which sit on a triangular frame. The frame is then placed on the seabed and generates electricity from three turbines.