March 1 (Renewables Now) - The Danish government has selected a site off Nissum Fjord in the North Sea as the location for the first of three 800-MW offshore wind farms to go online by 2030.
The announcement was made after last summer the Danish government reached an agreement with all parties of the country’s Parliament to add at least 2,400 MW of offshore wind capacity in support of Denmark’s national goal to fully cover its electricity consumption with renewable energy by 2030 and meet a 50% renewable energy target in 2030.
The first of the three proposed plants, which will be Denmark's largest offshore wind farm, will be called Thor and a tender for it will be held this year, the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate said on Thursday. The plant will be connected to the grid between 2024 and 2027.
According to the statement, the specific site off Nissum Fjord was picked “because the location 20 km out on the water gives the Danes the most green energy for the money.” Another potential location was the Kriegers Flak offshore wind zone in the Baltic Sea.
The construction phase of the 800-MW project is expected to open 8,200 jobs. Once up and running, the huge wind farm will be able to generate electricity for about 800,000 Danish homes.