3.6 MW wind farm started off British coast

Aug. 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- German energy company RWE said Wednesday it inaugurated a wind farm off the British coast, a project that could meet the energy needs of 530,000 households.

RWE Innogy and Scottish and Southern Energy, through a 50-50 joint venture, announced they inaugurated the power plant tied to the Greater Gabbard wind farm, one of the largest offshore wind farms in the country.

The company said the 140 wind turbines cover an area of 50 square miles. At peak capacity, the wind farm could generate 3.6 megawatts of energy, enough to meet the demands of 530,000 households.

"Offshore and onshore wind technologies are a perfect match for the future energy mix in Europe," RWE Innogy Chief Executive Officer Hans Bunting said in a statement.

The Scottish partner said the facility is more than 12 miles offshore, which makes it the furthest offshore of any wind farm in the country.

The British government announced Thursday it was investing $100 million to stimulate the domestic wind-energy sector. Britain has more installed wind capacity offshore than the rest of the world combined

Construction of the Greater Gabbard wind farm started in 2008.

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