UK Home to World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm
Thanet Farm's Offshore Wind Energy to potentially power 200,000 homes in England
When it opens on September 23, Thanet farm located 7.5 miles (12 km) off the coast of Kent in England will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. With the ability to generate 300 MW of electricity with its 100 turbines, Thanet farm will produce sufficient electrical energy to heat and light 200,000 homes currently on England's power grid.
Thanet farm's potential is welcome news to offshore wind farm industry experts who point to the UK's commitment to the EU renewable energy targets for 2020. Those who are directly involved in offshore wind farm development expect wind farms to eventually generate up to 30% of the UK’s total electricity consumption.
The 30% figure is not far-fetched considering the National Grid’s recent statement that, at one point last week, wind farms generated 10% of the electricity used in England. Offshore wind farm facilities such as Thanet farm and its soon-to-come big brother, the 340-turbine London Array, are considered by some to have the highest wind to electricity yields in Europe.
Even though the government is mulling over reducing grants that help support the alternative energy industry, many see Thanet farm and the offshore wind farms to come, as sources of renewable energy as important as the more established technologies like hydroelectric power.