New offshore wind farm puts UK into pole position.

image: North Hoyle wind farm off North Wales

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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.

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4 Responses to New offshore wind farm puts UK into pole position.

  1. earthpal says:

    In spite of the controversy, the opposition and the scepticism towards them, I really believe in wind farms and the possibilities they offer.

    So this is good news to me.

  2. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    We’ve got the “not in my backyard” thing going over here, so the rich and famous keep such ventures from spoiling their views. At the same time, it’s the rich and famous who keep yelling that we need more “green” energy. Color me confused.

    the Grit

  3. matt says:

    Hypocrisy is rife in all walks of life Grit.

    Don’t ask me why but the photo above brought this image to mind. Probably something to do with being laid up with a cold. 🙂

  4. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    I can see the connection. Oh, and I still have that album on vinyl, even though I no longer have a turn table on which to play it. One of these days I’ll catch up with all the musical format conversions.

    the Grit

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