The initial turbine is about to be put in place at Teesside's first offshore windfarm. EDF is describing the development, off the coast at Redcar, as 'very symbolic' as it may help shape future the company'splans for windfarms elsewhere in the UK and in France.The scheme, costing hundreds of millions of pounds, features 27 turbines and is located 1.5km from the shore between the mouth of the River Tees and Redcar.The 2.3MW turbines will be capable of producing over 60MW of electricity – enough green energy to power up to 40,000 households, or all of the homes and businesses in Redcar, Marske and Saltburn.
– EDF Energy Renewables
The Teesside Offshore Windfarm will contribute towards UK emissions targets by offsetting the annual release of more than 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. The wind farm will help to support the UK’s target to have 30% of all electricity generation provided by renewable sources by 2020.
Construction work started last February and the company hopes the windfarm will be producing power later this year.