The world's largest offshore wind farm, located off the northwest coast of England, begins generating energy on Thursday.
Comprising 87 turbines, each around twice the height of Big Ben, the Walney Extension covers an area of 145 square kilometers and has a total capacity of 659 megawatts -- the most produced by any single wind farm on the planet, according to Danish energy firm Orsted, the owner and operator of the project.
A spokesperson for the UK's Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirmed that the offshore wind farm is the largest in the world in terms of megawatts produced. In a statement, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said, "Record-breaking engineering landmarks like this huge offshore wind farm help us consolidate our global leadership position, break records for generating renewable energy, and create thousands of high-quality jobs."
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