Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Largest offshore windfarm planned

Plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm off the coast of North Devon are being unveiled.

If it goes ahead the £3bn Atlantic Array scheme will have 350 turbines and generate enough clean energy to power more than 1,000,000 homes. The power from the wind farm would be transmitted to shore via submarine cables and then via underground cables into the existing National Grid substation at Alverdiscott.

The Atlantic Array scheme could supply 53% of the South West's domestic energy, offsetting 2.3m tonnes of carbon emissions every year. There will be all kinds of environmental, and planning and engineering issues to consider before the windfarm can be built but it could be powering more than 1,000,000 homes by 2018. [ ...more ]

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