E.ON has officially opened one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms. Located in the Solway Firth, the Robin Rigg wind farm has a total capacity of 180 megawatts and the potential to generate enough electricity to supply the annual needs of 117,000 homes and to displace the emissions of 235,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
“The completion of Robin Rigg brings the UK one step closer to meeting its renewable energy targets,” says UK energy secretary Chris Huhne. “Offshore wind is an important part of the UK’s future energy mix but also has the potential to bring a huge amount of investment to the country. I hope and believe that the scale of the project at Robin Rigg points to the great things to come for the industry and Great Britain.”
E.ON also recently completed the Alpha Ventus scheme in Germany, which is the world’s first far shore, deep water wind farm, as well as erected all 90 turbines at Rodsand II, a 207 megawatts offshore farm between Denmark and Germany in the Baltic Sea.
E.ON is also constructing with partners the London Array, which with capacity of 1 gigawatt when fully completed will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Since 2001 E.ON has invested more than Eur1 billion for offshore projects and will further expand its capacity with a project pipeline of more than 4 gigawatts.