One of the first duties the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change performed, was to open the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.
Sited off the coast of Cumbria near Walney, the site comprises of a102 turbines, with enough power to supply 320,000 homes.
The new wind turbines sit alongside 60 existing turbines with more being planned.
Whilst on-shore wind farm developments appear to be attracting plenty of criticism and opposition, at sea, the problems don’t seem to prevalent.
And that’s good news for jobs as forecasts predict as many as 70,000 people could be employed by the UK’s off-shore wind farm industry by 2020.
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