The London Array, the largest offshore wind farm in operation, currently powers roughly 1 in 50 British households.
The 630MW wind energy project consists of 175 wind turbines and has produced 6,900,000MWh of energy while offsetting approximately 2,950,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. In December last year (2015) the project managed to break its own record by generation 369,000 MWh of electricity in only one month.
The wind farm is spread out over 100 square kms, the equivalent of 10,000 football pitches, and each wind turbine has the circumference of one and a half times the size of London’s Wembley Stadium’s football pitch.
According to their press release, the project is a joint venture between E.ON (30%), DONG Energy (25%), La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (25%) and Masdar (20%) and the wind farm is located in the outer Thames Estuary, 20 kilometres off the coast of Kent in southeast England.
CEO of Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said:
“Masdar has enhanced access to sustainable sources of energy through its continued development of renewable energy projects around the world. London Array has contributed significantly to strengthening the share of clean energy in the United Kingdom’s energy mix over the last three years.”