Tidal energy company Nova Innovation has been granted a permit to develop a 1.5MW tidal array in Petit Passage, in the Bay of Fundy area of Nova Scotia, Canada – the company’s biggest project to date.

A careful phased approach starting with a single turbine in 2020, then three phases of 0.5MW, will eventually see 15 new tidal stream turbines installed by 2023 on the seabed.

“At five times the size of our array in Shetland, which is the first of its kind in the world, this project is a massive step forward for Nova Innovation and the sector – propelling Nova Scotia to a leading position in tidal energy,” commented Simon Forrest, Chief Executive of Nova Innovation. “We are delighted to have won the contract. It is testimony to the quality of our team in Canada; the relationships we have built with communities, supply chain and government; and the hard work put in by all, that this project will now become a reality.

“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.,” he added.

The Province of Nova Scotia is pledging to pay Nova Innovation 50 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity from the 15 new turbines