World’s largest offshore windfarm opens in UK

 

/ Environment

26 Aug 2013

 
London array

Clean energy generation in the UK has been given a boost with the opening of the world’s largest offshore windfarm

 
Full capacity has now been reached at the world’s largest offshore windfarm, the London Array     Photo © London Array

The London Array, located more than 12 miles from the Kent and Essex coasts, is capable of generating 630MW of energy from its 175 turbines – enough to power nearly half a million homes. David Cameron, the prime minister, opened the £1.5bn venture on 4 July.

Ed Davey, secretary of state for energy and climate change, said: “This is good news for keeping our lights on and reducing carbon emissions.”

An even larger UK windfarm was given the green light by the government just a week later. The Triton Knoll project will see up to 288 turbines being built off the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast. It will have a capacity of up to 1,200MW – enough to power up to 850,000 homes – and could create up to 1,130 jobs.

 
 

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