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article imageWorld's Biggest Wind Farm Opens Near Kent

By Jane Fazackarley     Sep 23, 2010 in Environment
The world's biggest wind farm was opened today by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne. The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm is in Kent.
According to The Guardian, the farm has 100 wind turbines. The opening of the farm will mean that Britain will now generate more energy from wind power than the rest of the world combined.
The project was officially launched on P & O's ferry, the Pride of Burgundy. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is reported in The Guardian as saying:
"We have enough energy to power all the homes in Scotland, but we need a lot more than that."
"British consumers should be able to rely on a secure, low-cost source of energy in the future, and I'm sure offshore wind will be part of that."
The 100 wind turbines form eight lines and span 35sq km. They measure 115 meters tall and the blades are 44 meters. The turbines are capable of generating 300 megawatts of power, which is equivalent to providing power for 200,000 homes.
As part of the Renewable Energy Strategy which was published last year, the Government laid out plans to produce 30% of its energy from wind power by 2020 to meet EU targets for reducing carbon emissions.
In a press release from Renewable UK, Maria McCaffery, said:
"Today's developments are of tremendous significance for meeting our long term renewable energy targets. In 2002 the UK was generating around 2% of all electricity from renewables. We are now on the threshold of 10%, having increased outputs five fold. This proves that, considering the current pipeline of projects, 2020 targets are realistic and achievable, provided the policies are in place."
Environmental charity Friends of the Earth have taken the opportunity to urge the Government to invest more into renewable forms of energy.
In a press release, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth's Campaigns and Policy Director, said:
"The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm is an important stride forward in securing our energy supplies and protecting us from the worst effects of climate change."
"Now is the time to be increasing renewable energy - nothing would do more damage to investor confidence than for the Government to raise doubts about long-term support for the industry."
"Investing in renewable energy will boost our economy by creating new green industries and jobs - the Government must ensure adequate funding and make the UK a world leader in tackling climate change."
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