Mainstream Wind Farm to Produce Cheapest Power on Costs

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. said its 448-megawatt Neart na Gaoithe project will produce cheaper electricity than any other U.K. offshore wind farm because it uses cost-cutting technology from Siemens AG and High Wind NV.

Siemens’s expertise removes the need to install large offshore substation platforms via specialized ships while High Wind’s system allows turbines to be installed in stronger wind situations, speeding construction, Dublin-based Mainstream said Monday in an e-mailed statement.

“We are working closely with our partners to adapt these innovative solutions in order to drive costs down, reduce risk and improve safety,” Mainstream Chief Operations Officer Andy Kinsella said. “That’s what these technologies will help us achieve.”

Mainstream, which seeks to develop 17 gigawatts of clean-energy plants, is operating and building wind and solar projects in Ireland, South Africa, Chile and Canada. Neart na Gaoithe is to be built in the North Sea off eastern Scotland.

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