Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm. Source: Siemens AG. www.siemens.com/press
The UK's offshore wind capacity has crossed the 5-GW mark following the inauguration last week of the 576-MW Gwynt y Mor wind farm, RenewableUK said Monday.
The UK now has 27 operational offshore wind projects, totalling 5,054 MW. This is enough to power more than 3.5 million British households and offset 6.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a year, the trade body said.
"This is an important landmark, which no other country is anywhere close to equalling, as we have more offshore wind installed than the rest of the world put together," said RenewableUK's deputy chief executive Maf Smith.
The Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the Wales coast is the world's second largest after the London Array in the Thames Estuary. It is 60%-owned by the renewable energy unit of Germany's RWE, with German utility Stadtwerke Muenchen (SWM) holding 30% and Siemens owning 10%. The UK Green Investment Bank said in 2014 it will get a 10% share from RWE following completion.