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World's largest windfarm officially opens off coast of Thanet
The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm is the largest of it's kind in the world.
It's made up of 100 turbines and has a combined energy capacity to power over 200,000 homes.
The official opening is happening today (23 September) and UK Secretary of State Chris Huhne is attending.
Some facts about the windfarm:
The Thanet Wind Farm is the largest operational wind farm in the world.
• The Thanet Wind Farm is located in water depths of 20-25 meters and cover an area of 35 km2 which is equal to 4,000 football fields.
• Each turbine is up to 115 meters tall at its highest point, with a minimum clearance above sea level of 22 meters.
• The nearest turbine is located approximately 12 km northeast of Foreness Point.
• Thanet Wind Farm consists of 100 Vestas V90 wind turbines.
• The distance between the turbines is approximately 500 meters along rows and 800 meters between rows.
• The total investment for the Thanet Wind Farm is around £880 million.
• The Thanet Wind Farm will generate a total of 300 MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 200,000 homes.
• The connection of Thanet’s 300 MW of capacity in 2010 will boost UK offshore wind capacity by more than 30 percent.
• The Thanet Wind Farm will, on average, produce electricity enough to supply 200,000 homes.