The Thanet wind farm in the English Channel off Foreness Point will be officially opened later today, making it the larget offshore wind farm in the world.
The 100 turbines, each measuring more than 350ft / 115m and spread over an area of 35 sq km , and will increase the amount of energy generated from offshore wind in the UK by a third to, 1,314MW, compared to 1,100MW in the whole of the rest of the world.
With the added capacity of Thanet, the amount of electricity generated by wind in the UK is almost 5,000MW or 5GW, enough to power 3 million homes. The Thanet development is projected to generate enough electricity to power 240,000 homes. It cost £780million to develop and 2 years to complete
Thanet wind farm, built by Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, increases the number of large scale turbines off the coast of Britain to 436. There are already 2,640 on land. There are also over 900 currently beign constructed, both off and on-shore
and a further 2,300 with planning consent.