Scandanavia’s largest offshore wind farm opened last week as state-owned Swedish energy firm Vattenfall inaugurated the Horns Rev 3 facility, in the North Sea off Denmark’s west coast, Kallanish Energy reports.
Horns Rev 3 includes 49 turbines with a capacity of 407 megawatts, which Vattenfall says is enough to cover the yearly electricity consumption of around 425,000 Danish homes, CNBC reported.
The first foundations for Horns Rev 3 were laid in October 2017, and it began to send electricity to consumers at the end of 2018.
“The wind farm is a significant contribution to Vattenfall’s production portfolio and takes us one step further in our ambition to enable a fossil-free living within one generation,” Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall said, in a statement.
Europe is a major player in the offshore wind sector. According to industry trade group WindEurope, it is home to 106 offshore wind farms across 11 countries, with 4,811 wind turbines connected to the grid.