The move comes after tidal turbines in the sea off Shetland were integrated with cutting edge battery storage from international tech firm Tesla to enable a predictable supply of renewable energy to be fed into the network.
The 300-kilowatt scheme, owned by Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation, has produced 30 megawatt-hours of electricity since going online at the beginning of this month.
By undertaking this work in Scotland, we can also play a key role in helping inform the sustainable decarbonisation of energy for communities across the world...Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, The Scottish Government
The three-turbine array has the capacity to power around 200 homes, but the firm has plans to double the size of the scheme after securing £272,600 of Scottish Government funding.
Chief executive Simon Forrest said: “By storing the clean energy generated by the natural ebb and flow of the tide, we can control the supply of electricity to the grid to match demand. This creates a consistent source of completely predictable power from a clean, sustainable resource...”