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Humber wind farm can provide 170,000 homes

E.ON has announced that the Humber Gateway wind farm’s 73 turbine array will generate up to 219 MW of electricity.

E.ON has announced that the Humber Gateway wind farm’s 73 turbine array will generate up to 219 MW of electricity, enough energy to power up to 170,000 homes.

E.ON UK CEO Dr Tony Cocker says, “This isn’t just an important announcement for E.ON, but is also a significant announcement for the UK. Increasing the proportion of electricity we generate from low-carbon, renewable sources is a vital part of meeting the energy challenges we all face.”

Humber Gateway will be located 8 km off the East Yorkshire coast and construction of the substation will begin in the spring of 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by early 2015.

The Humber Gateway project is part of E.ON’s €2 billion investment program in offshore wind, which besides the Humber Gateway includes, Amrumbank (288 MW) off the coast of Germany and Kårehamn (48 MW) off the coast of Sweden.

E.ON already owns and operates three offshore wind farms in the UK: the country’s first offshore wind farm near Blyth in Northumberland, Scroby Sands off the coast of Great Yarmouth, and Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth.