CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – North Vancouver Island will soon be home to the first commercial-scale tidal current electrical turbine in North America.
The B.C. government announced last week that it is giving $2 million in funding to Canoe Pass Tidal Energy Corporation for the project.
Company officials said the turbine will be running before the end of 2010 in the tidal channel between Quadra and Maude Island, north of Campbell River.
The tides in the area are among the strongest and most reliable on the West Coast, officials said.
The power created by the turbine will be connected to the BC Hydro grid, said CPTEC president Chris Knight.