World’s Largest Offshore Wind Goes Live, Begins Feeding UK Grid
"We are an island nation and I firmly believe we should be harnessing our wind, wave and tidal resources to the maximum,"
- Energy Secretary Chris Huhne
The world's largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England on Thursday, as part of the British government's push to boost renewable energy.
Swedish energy company Vattenfall, which constructed the wind farm, said the 100 turbines off the coast of Thanet could, at their peak, produce enough electricity a year to power the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes.
The huge site on the North Sea, built seven miles (12 kilometers) off the coast, will boost the renewable energy now generated by the onshore and offshore wind turbines around the U.K.