Barrow Offshore wind farm from the air
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I didn't know they'd put these this far out to sea.
We'd not long taken off from Blackpool enroute to Dublin (see previous shot) and I could just about make this out - love the diamond shape its arranged in!
I think this is called the Barrow Offshore wind farm ?
They have their own web site if anyone's interested :-)
From the wikipedia:-
A Wind Farm is a collection of wind turbines in the same location. They generate wind-powered electricity. Production varies with the wind. Individual turbines are interconnected with a medium voltage (usually 34.5kV) collection system and fiber optic communications network. This medium-voltage electricity is then stepped up with a transformer to a high voltage transmission system and the electric grid. A proposed solution for wind energy and other intermittent power sources is to create a supergrid of interconnected wind farms across western Europe. This large-scale array of dispersed wind farms would be located in different wind regimes.
Wind power in the United Kingdom passed the milestone of 2 GW installed capacity on 9 February 2007 with the opening of the Braes O'Doune wind farm, near Stirling. The UK became the 7th country in the world to reach this capacity. The world leader in wind power is Germany with 20.6 GW installed.
Currently, approximately 1.5% of UK electricity is generated by wind power (with a total of around 4.5% of UK electricity coming from all renewable sources). This is expected to rise dramatically in coming years, as a result of UK Energy Policy strongly supporting new renewable energy generating capacity. In the short to medium term, the bulk of this new capacity is expected to be provided by onshore and offshore wind power.
Through the mechanism of Renewables Obligation Certificates, British electricity suppliers are now required by law to provide a proportion of their sales from renewable sources such as wind power or pay a penalty fee. The ROCs are the principal form of subsidy for UK wind power, providing around half of the revenue from wind generation. Wind energy is also exempt from the climate change levy which is paid by fossil-fuel and nuclear generators.