The 1.6 billion-pound ($2.6 billion) West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in UK, developed by Iberdrola and Dong Energy has reached full power output two months ahead of plan, reports Bloomberg.
The 389-megawatt was officially opened on 30th Oct by Energy Secretary Ed Davey, the first foray project into offshore wind for Iberdrola.
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The U.K. has installed more than half of the world’s offshore wind capacity and is banking on the technology to help it meet European carbon-reduction and renewable-energy targets.
The wind farm is expected to generate clean electricity to power more than 250,000 homes.
The company was in need of an energy mix that is built on diverse, home grown sources to make sure that supplies are clean and secure. Wind has a huge role to play, pointed out Davey.
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Iberdrola operates 14.3 gigawatts of onshore wind globally, second to China Guodian, which had 16.4 gigawatts at the end of 2013.
It is now planning to invest in another U.K. project, the 1,200-megawatt East Anglia One plant off the coast of eastern England, and Germany’s 350-megawatt Wikinger project in the Baltic Sea.