The UK government has given the go-ahead to National Wind Power (NWP) to proceed with Britain's first major offshore wind farm. The North Hoyle project will consist of 30 Vestas 2 MW turbines some 7.5 kilometres off the north Wales coast between Prestatyn and Rhyl. Vestas has a manufacturing facility at Kintyre, Scotland, and announced the 60 MW order last month. It is developing the project together with Britain's Mayflower Energy Ltd. From NWP's submission of its application in February for a wind farm of 90 MW using a maximum of 30 turbines, the Department of Trade and Industry took only five months to grant consent -- fast moving by British standards. NWP has decided to go ahead immediately using turbine technology available off-the-shelf. Alan Moore from NWP says the consent is a major step forward. "We now await the receipt of a capital grant and the remaining marine, navigational and local consents. We hope to complete the wind farm by the autumn of 2003." The company thanks members of the public who supported the project by signing up for Juice -- a green power package launched by NWP's sister retail company, npower, and Greenpeace. Juice power will eventually come from North Hoyle.
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