image: North Hoyle wind farm off North Wales
One of the largest offshore wind farms in the world has been approved to be built off the coast of north Wales.
The 250 turbines of Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm will be built eight miles off the coast, 10 miles away from Llandudno, Conwy. Gwynt y Môr, combined with three other nearby wind farms, will provide enough green electricity to power the equivalent of 680,000 homes.
The wind farm will start to produce power from 2012, subject to consent for onshore electricity works. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said the 750MW development by Npower Renewables Ltd will create a “powerhouse for renewable energy” off the north Wales coast.
Gwynt y Môr is the latest wind farm to be approved off the north Wales coast. North Hoyle, which has 30 turbines and Burbo, which has 25 turbines, are already up and running, while Rhyl Flats, with its 25 turbines, is into the latter half of its construction phase.