The UK government has approved a plan by Powergen Renewables, a 50-50 venture between Powergen PLC and Abbot Group PLC, to build a 76 MW wind farm off the coast of Norfolk.LONDON, England – April 18, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The project, which is the UK’s first major offshore wind farm, will be built on a sandbank known as the Middle Scroby Sands, 3km east of Great Yarmouth. Powergen Renewables has been given consent to build up to 38, 2 MW wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power around 52,000 homes. Initial onshore construction will begin next winter, with the wind farm becoming operational in 2003. Powergen Renewables’ development partner in the Scroby site is Vestas-Celtic Wind Technology Ltd, a UK subsidiary of the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems. Powergen said the wind farm development is a major step towards achieving the group’s target of a 1,000 MW increase in its renewables capacity by 2010 and toward meeting the government’s target of 10 percent of the UK’s energy to be generated from renewable sources by 2010.