09 March 2012 - Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) is to begin the installation of its first grid-connected, commercial TidGen Power System this month at a 60-acre site in Cobscook Bay in Washington County in the state of Maine (US).
The company hopes to begin on-water deployment of its Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project sometime very soon following issuance of a license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
“This is a huge milestone for ORPC and the entire tidal energy industry. It also means that ORPC will continue creating local jobs and increase spending in the regional economy,” says Chris Sauer, ORPC’s President and CEO. “We have received invaluable guidance from the local fishing industry, pilots, and many other marine users, and we thank the citizens of Eastport and Lubec for embracing tidal energy development and helping ORPC succeed.”
The company plans to install the project over two years. Beginning this month, a single device TidGen Power System will be installed at the Cobscook Bay project site. A buried, underwater power and data cable will connect the TidGen device through the inter-tidal zone with an on-shore station that will be constructed on private property at the end of North Lubec Road. Bangor Hydro Electric will also be upgrading the adjacent service line to facilitate electricity distribution to Maine customers. read more>>>