The Greater Gabbard wind farm will generate enough electricity for 415,000 homes

A 140-strong wind farm has been given the go-ahead by trade and Industry secretary Alistair Darling today.

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The Greater Gabbard scheme in the Thames Estuary will generate 500MW per year – enough to supply electricity to over 415,000 homes.

The project, which is claimed to cut carbon emissions by 1.5m tonnes per year, will occupy an area of nearly 150 sq km within the outer Thames Estuary strategic wind farm area. It is being developed by the companies Airtricity and Fluor.

Darling said the renewables industry was gathering pace. He said: “We are seeing this industry grow by the day. Only two weeks ago we reached the 2GW wind energy landmark, it took more than 10 years to get the first GW, less than 20 months to get the second.”