A new extension to the Gunfleet Sands wind farm near the coast of Essex will see the first demonstration in UK waters of two giant 6MW wind turbines.
The 219m high Siemens turbines, which are operated by DONG Energy, stand taller than London’s iconic Gherkin skyscraper, and are said to be more cost-effective and efficient than previous models.
With the completion of the Gunfleet Sands, the UK has now installed more than 1GW of offshore wind power, which provides 2.3 million homes with energy.
UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker hailed the news as another landmark step for the country’s renewable energy industry.
“The Coalition is driving huge new investment to deliver both affordable bills and cleaner energy for consumers. This includes an important role for offshore wind.”
The government says £29 billion of investment in renewables has been pledged by the private sector since 2010. This…
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