UK Offshore Wind Farm Takes Shape

The UK’s vast wind power potential continues to move forward with the installation of the first turbine at National Wind Power’s (NWP) North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm located 7.5 km off the North Wales coast between Prestatyn and Rhyl in Denbighshire.

London, UK – August 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Construction of the project began in April 2003 and is being undertaken by a consortium comprising Vestas Celtic Wind Technology and Mayflower Energy. Once complete, North Hoyle will comprise 30 turbines with a total installed capacity of 60 MW. “The first turbine installed at North Hoyle represents a crucial milestone on the road to clean energy in the UK,” said Stephen Tindale, Executive Director of Greenpeace UK. “The UK has the best offshore wind resource in Europe and now at last the offshore wind industry is about to take off. This pioneering wind farm will lead the way towards the many more and bigger developments in UK waters that we so urgently need to help tackle global warming.” As a result of a partnership between NWP’s sister company, npower, and Greenpeace, the electricity generated by the completed North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm will be used exclusively to meet the needs of customers of npower’s domestic green electricity product. The company’s said the new arrangement would represent a quarter of the UK’s domestic green energy market. “We have a responsibility to help make alternative energies as accessible and mainstream as possible,” Andy Duff, Chief Executive Officer of npower said. “Much as supermarkets have seen a move towards more responsible buying, we are beginning to see a change in the way many homeowners select their energy. Through npower our customers can now opt for clean, wind powered energy without the extra cost people associate with ‘green’ products.” Until construction of North Hoyle is completed later this year, the company’s green electricity is being sourced from existing onshore wind sources and a hydro plant based in Dolgarrog in the Snowdonia Mountains.

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