TWO tidal energy projects in Scotland will share almost £32 million of European Commission funding.

The Sound of Islay scheme, developed by ScottishPower Renewables, will receive almost £16.8m to progress plans for 10 underwater turbines in a sheltered channel between the isles of Islay and Jura.

Meanwhile, the Kyle Rhea project will get almost £15m to build SeaGen turbines developed by Siemens subsidiary Marine Current Turbines.

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The devices will be installed between the east coast of Skye and the Scottish mainland.

Lindsay Leask, senior policy manager for Scottish Renewables, said: "This is great news for the tidal industry in Scotland.

"It's this kind of financial commitment that helps harness further private investment."