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North Wales gets renewable boost

Wednesday 03 December 2008

wind turbineAn offshore wind farm that will be the second largest in the world has been given approval to be built off the coast of North Wales. The Gwynt y Mor development will generate up to 750MW and consist of around 250 turbines when fully operational, creating enough energy to power more than half a million homes.

The Npower Renewables facility will work with three other wind farms nearby, and will lie eight miles from the coast, ten miles from Llandudno and eleven miles from the Wirral.

“The North Wales coast is set to become a powerhouse for renewable energy. Gwynt y Mor will be the largest of four offshore wind farms which combined will have the potential to power the equivalent of around 680,000 homes with green electricity,” said Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband. “The UK must clean up its energy supply to fight the damaging effects of climate change and more wind power will help us do this.”

“Gwynt y Mor brings the total offshore projects with planning approval to 4.5GW, solidifying UK’s position as leader in offshore wind energy,” added a spokeperson from the British Wind Energy Association. “It will also set up well on our way towards reaching our 2020 renewable energy targets.”

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