Offshore Wind Project to Power 700,000 Homes in U.K.
The British government has granted permission to build a 7500MW wind farm off the north coast of Wales. The project, when completed in 2014, will be the second largest in the world and make Wales the UK’s leader in renewable energy.
Energy company Npower Renewables will build the Gwynt y Môr wind farm, which will be capable of generating enough power for 700,000 homes when at maximum capacity.
The North Wales coast can become a powerhouse for renewable energy, said the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband. “The UK must clean up its energy supply to fight the damaging effects of climate change and more wind power will help us do this. The UK is leading the world in offshore wind, and the developments off the coast of North Wales will help keep us front-runners.”
The Welsh assembly made themselves the leaders in alternative energy solutions when their assembly’s environment and energy minister, Jane Davidson, announced a target year of 2025 by when all of Wales’ electricity will be generated from clean sources. The government has been working diligently to create bimoass plants, onshore and offshore wind farms, and a proposed plan that would harness enough tidal energy to generate up to 5 percent of the UK’s electricity needs.
The major shift towards energy alternatives have come in response to data which showed that more than 30% of the carbon emissions in Wales have come from generating electricity.
Environmental groups have taken kindly to the news, but are urging the government to do more to unlock the potential of alternative energy. “Our country has some of the best engineers in the world, a highly skilled manufacturing sector as well as the most powerful renewable resources in Europe” said Doug Parr, chief scientist of Greenpeace. “This is a big step forward, and it now needs to be followed up by an ambitious government strategy to unlock the massive potential of offshore wind to secure our energy supplies, fight climate change and create thousands of new British jobs.”
The UK is now the world’s leading generator of power from offshore wind farms after overtaking Denmark who was the leader until October.