World's Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in UK
The 1 billion pound ($1.58 billion) Walney wind farm opened off the Cumbrian Coast in Britain Thursday, claiming the title as the world's biggest offshore wind farm. The companies behind the project, including DONG Energy, SSE and OPW, reported that it will supply up to 320,000 households with renewable power per year.
Currently, Britain has over 1.5 GW of installed offshore wind power, but plans on raising its capacity to 18 GW by 2020 and bringing its current wind energy generating price of 150 pounds/MW to 110 pounds/MW in order to reach that target.
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"We want to industrialise the way we produce offshore wind farms, by doing them not project by project but at a continuous pace," Dong's chief executive Anders Eldrup told Reuters. "We support the principle of the feed-in tariff system...as it gives more clarity to investors, making it easier to bring pension money into projects like this."
The government's subsidies for offshore wind farms will be available through 2015 and then significantly cut thereafter. Others argue that the government should cut the subsidies in a difficult economic climate or invest in more efficient forms of renewable energy.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.