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Britain Unveils Plans for 1,300 Square Miles of Wind Turbines

Posted By Jorge Chapa On January 20, 2010 @ 12:42 am In Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 9 Comments

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Take 100 billion pounds, a plan to create 60,000 jobs, and the urgent need to end an addition to fossil fuels, and what do you get? The first steps in Britain’s plan to develop its offshore wind farm capabilities. The UK recently announced plans for two massive turbine farms [1], and has set a target of producing 33 gigawatts of renewable energy [2] by 2020 – a 3000% increase over current capacity.

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Two offshore turbine fields [3] have recently been unveiled in Anglesey and in the Bristol Channel. The wind farm in the Bristol Channel is a 1.5 gigawatt windfarm developed by RWE [4], while the one in Anglesey is a massive 4.2GW project that will sit happily in the Irish sea. To give you a sense of the scale, this windfarm will cover an area of 1,300 square miles or 2,200 square kilometers, or roughly 330 thousand football fields.

So far nine wind farm locations have been selected in the UK. Once the nine locations have been unveiled, the entire project will be one of, if not the, largest windfarms in the world (and certainly a contender for largest offshore windfarm). Greenpeace has stated that Britain is currently leading the development of offshore wind power, and the nation is aiming to have all of it’s wind farms up and running by 2020.

Via BBC


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[1] turbine farms: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/16/denmark-brings-worlds-largest-offshore-wind-farm-online/

[2] renewable energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/

[3] offshore turbine fields: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/15/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-looks-to-danish-offshore-windfarms-for-inspiration/

[4] RWE: http://www.rwe.com/

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