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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 5, 2013 9:23 AM Flag

    World's largest offshore windfarm opens in Thames estuary

    World's largest offshore windfarm opens in Thames estuary

    David Cameron hails 'great day for Britain' at opening of London Array, which will power 470,000 homes

    Jessica Shankleman for BusinessGreen, part of the Guardian Environment Network

    The Guardian, Thursday 4 July 2013 17.36 BST

    Link to video: David Cameron opens world's largest offshore windfarm in the Thames estuary
    With enough capacity to power two-thirds of the homes in Kent, the set of 175 turbines rising out of the Thames estuary officially became the largest offshore windfarm in the world on Thursday.

    David Cameron was on hand to cut the ribbon on the London Array, a massive renewable energy project, in a move that industry sources hoped would herald renewed enthusiasm from the government for renewable power after the animosity to windfarms on the Tory backbenches.

    "This is a great day for Britain and a big win for renewable energy," Cameron said at the opening ceremony. "London Array shows you can build large-scale renewable energy projects right here in Britain. This is because when it comes to clean energy, the UK has one of the clearest investment climates globally."

    The project is owned by Denmark's #$%$ Energy, Germany's E.On and Masdar, of Abu Dhabi. Its 630MW capacity, enough to power 470,000 homes, has been fully operational since April, but on Thursday it was officially opened, by the prime minister alongside the climate change minister, Greg Barker. The consortium predicts that the windfarm will save 925,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

    "Such a strong signal from the very top of our political establishment will help to put an end to the siren calls from the naysayers who have failed to appreciate the scale of the opportunity Britain has here," said the RenewableUK chief executive, Maria McCaffery, in a statement. "We need to maintain our pole position in offshore wind energy to reap the full economic and environmental benefits."

    The London Array has taken the crown of the world's largest

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