While the Cape Wind farm generate a certain level of controversy in the US, Europe has actively been building some of the largest wind projects in the world. One project rumored to be the largest wind farm in Europe when completed is the Markbygden Vind AB, being developed by Svevind in northern Sweden. Expected to be finished by 2020, the farm will potentially see 1100 turbines installed, making it the largest in the world.Another major project is the Maranchon Wind Farm, located in central Spain, which consists of conjoined wind farms. The overall combined capacity reaches 208 MW with Iberdrola Renewables owning and operating the farm. Spain has recently had a massive wind power boost, with the Global Wind Energy Council now estimating that wind power supplies now account for 11.5 percent of Spain’s electricity, generated by 16,700 turbines all over the country.
However, not willing to be outdone, the UK is also developing the Whitelee Wind Farm, powered by Scottish Power Renewables, which consists of 140 wind turbines with the capacity to generate 322 MW of electricity. Each wind turbine has the ability to power over 1,000 homes. Truly with the amount of investment going into wind power, the winds of change are blowing for renewable energy.
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