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WAVE HUB COULD FEED 'GREEN PENINSULA' CORNWALL - MPs

March 23, 2010 2:30 PM

Two local MPs will, this week, argue that the anticipated success of a 'ground breaking' renewable energy project in Cornwall should kick start Cornwall's campaign to become the 'Green Peninsula' of the United Kingdom.

Julia Goldsworthy and Andrew George met the Wave Hub Project Director, Guy Lavender, in Hayle to explore opportunities for the future economic development of Cornwall following the anticipated installation of four wave hub devices off the North coast of St Ives and Hayle from next year.

Once the £42 million scheme is up and running, it will make Cornwall a world leader in the search to generate renewable power from the vast resource of the waves which crash upon the shores of our coast. The cable linking the new substation with that which will shortly be laid out from St Ives Bay has been drilled through Hayle Towans and is ready for connection.

The tendering process for work almost completed and advertisements for Project staff who will take over offices in John Harvey House in Hayle's Foundry Square are about to be published. The four companies who will attach devices just over seven miles due north of St Ives have already been trialling substantial prototypes.

Commenting, Julia said: "This is very exciting and positive news. It is important that we make sure that we maximise the economic and jobs spin off for the local area. It is also important that the local community and the council work with these four companies to encourage them to do as much of their manufacturing, construction and servicing in Cornwall."

Andrew George added: "The opportunities for Cornwall to become more self sufficient in renewable energy will be massively enhanced by this project. If coupled with much more ambitious plans for transport and waste management, Cornwall has the capacity to be seen throughout the UK as the 'Green Peninsula' - at the cutting edge of ground breaking technology and setting the example for others."