Brian Wilson, Minister for Energy, today granted consent to the single largest offshore wind farm in the UK.
The National Wind Power project, known as North Hoyle, will be based 7.5km off the North Wales coast from Prestatyn and Rhyl in Denbighshire.
According to a statement issued by the Department of Trade and Industry, the offshore wind farm will consist of up to 30 wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 90MW and will provide electricity for a minimum of 50,000 homes.
Work on the development is scheduled to begin immediately for completion by the autumn of 2003.
‘This development marks a significant step forward for the offshore wind industry in the UK,’ said Mr Wilson. ‘It is the second offshore wind farm development to be approved from the 18 potential sites identified by developers.
The government expects to create a £1 billion market for renewable energy by 2010. The main driver for this will be the Renewables Obligation, which will put an obligation on electricity suppliers to supply ten per cent of their electricity from renewable sources.