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Offshore Farm Pushes U.K. Wind Power Past 5 Gigawatts

Britain’s capacity to generate electricity from the wind passed 5 gigawatts, enough for 2.7 million homes, as Vattenfall AB opened the world’s biggest offshore turbine farm southeast of England.

The 300-megawatt farm near Thanet means the U.K. has 1,341 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity, more than the rest of the world combined, industry lobby group RenewableUK said today in an e-mailed statement. Britain also has 3,715 megawatts of onshore wind. The Thanet farm, whose 100 turbines have operated since Sept. 5, was opened today by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne.