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World’s largest wind farm opens off UK coast

The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England yesterday, as part of the British government’s push to boost renewable energy.

Swedish energy company, Vattenfall — which constructed the wind farm — said the 100 turbines off the coast of Thanet could, at their peak, produce enough electricity a year to power the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes.

The huge site on the North Sea, built seven miles (12 kilometres) off the coast, will boost the renewable energy now generated by the onshore and offshore wind turbines around the UK.

With the opening of the Thanet wind farm, Britain now has the capacity to produce five gigawatts of wind-powered energy — roughly the amount of energy needed to power all the homes in Scotland, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said.

Britain gets only three per cent of its energy from renewable sources but is aiming for a target of 15 per cent by 2020. The nation ranks 25th of 27 European Union countries on action on green power.

“We are an island nation and I firmly believe we should be harnessing our wind, wave and tidal resources to the maximum,” Huhne said at a ceremony at sea as he officially opened the Thanet wind farm.

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