Brits claim world’s largest offshore wind farm

The world’s largest offshore wind farm has officially opened. The 300-MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, off England’s south east coast, is complete after two years of construction. The wind farm has 100 turbines, reaching up to 115-m, and is owned by Vattenfall, a European energy company. The electricity generated from the English Channel winds will significantely increase the production of green energy in the UK.

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The Thanet offshore wind farm covers 35 square kilometers and is expected to operate for at least 25 years.

The wind farm will take UK installed wind-power capacity across the 5,000-MW line. “I’m pleased that we’ve reached the point where 5GW of our energy comes from onshore and offshore wind,” British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP says. “That’s enough to power all the homes in Scotland. We are in a unique position to become a world leader in this industry. We are an island nation and I believe we should be harnessing our wind, wave, and tidal resources to the maximum.”

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