DONG Energy, E.On and Masdar just announced that their joint venture the London Array – soon to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm – switched on for the first time today! The wind farm, which started construction in March of 2011, is situated 12 miles off of the coasts of Kent and Essex in the Thames Estuary. It will be the the largest off-shore wind farm in the world when completed, and it will boast 175 wind turbines by the end of its first phase, which is projected to be at the end of the year.
Phase one of the London Array will cover approximately 90 square kilometers, and it is projected to produce 630 megawatts of energy – enough to power 470,000 homes. Currently, 15 out of those 175 turbines have been installed and they are already generating power. Phase two is projected to produce a total of 870MW. Plans for more wind turbines had to be scaled back due to concerns over the negative impact of the wind farm on the red-throated diver population in the estuary.