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UK Green Lights the World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Project

Harnessing the ocean breeze for more than just candle scents.

June JavelosaAugust 17th 2016

The Hornsea Project Two, an extension of the 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One, has just been given approval by the British government to begin construction off the English Coast.

Located 90 kilometers (50 miles) east of the English coast, this would essentially make it the world’s biggest offshore windfarm, which will have close to 300 turbines and a capacity of 1.8GW, capable of producing enough energy to run 1.8 million homes.

Image Credit: DONG Energy

The initiative is being developed by DONG Energy, a Danish company considered the world’s largest operator of offshore windfarms.

The UK government considers the offshore wind industry to be a fundamental part of their vision to create a clean, affordable, secure energy system and is eyeing to invest around $7.8 billion into the project. The farm would also open up to 1,960 construction jobs and over 500 operational and maintenance jobs.  

“Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country,” says Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

At the end of the decade, the government expects 10GW of offshore wind to be installed, and an additional 10GW of offshore wind capacity could possibly be added by the 2020s.

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