09 Feb '12, 11am

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opening Today

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opening Today

The world’s largest offshore wind power farm, Walney Farm, is opening off the coast of Cumbria in the UK today. The £1.2-billion ($1.9-billion), 367.2-MW offshore wind farm includes over 100 wind turbines and can produce power for up to 320,000 UK homes. (Note: it doesn’t compare to the 1,000-MW offshore wind farm I wrote about on Tuesday, the London Array, which just had its first two wind turbines installed … but give Walney Farm its 15 minutes of fame.) The wind farm is composed of two projects, Walney 1 and Walney 2 (surprise, surprise), and to be more specific, is off Barrow-in-Furness. Aside from being the largest in the world, this is also the fastest-built and cheapest offshore wind farm in place today, according to the British power company SSE and Denmark’s Dong Energy. And it is also the first wind project in the UK that was built with money from foreign, instit...

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