Gemini windpark off the coast of the Netherlands will eventually fulfils the energy needs of about 1.5 million people, according to its owners
Dutch officials have opened what is being billed as one of the worlds largest offshore gale farms, with 150 turbines spinning far out in the North Sea.
Over the next 15 years the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 km( 53 miles) off the northern coast of the Netherlands, will fulfill the energy needs of about 1.5 million people.
At full tilt the windpark has a making capacity of 600 megawatts and will help supply 785,000 Dutch households with renewable energy, according to the company.
We are now officially in the operational stage, the companys managing director Matthias Haag mentioned, celebrating its implementation of research projects first conceived in 2010.
The 2.8 bn ($ 3bn) project is a collaboration between the Canadian independent renewable energy corporation Northland Power, gale turbine producer Siemens Wind Power, Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord and trash processing corporation HVC.
It was quite a complex undertaking, Haag mentioned, particularly as this windpark lies comparatively far offshore … so it took quite a number of logistics.
Gemini would contribute about 13% of the countrys total renewable energy supply and about 25% of its wind power, he added.
It would help reduce emissions of carbon-dioxide emissions, amongst the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, by 1.25 m tonnes, the company says.
The Netherlands remains dependant on fossil fuels which still make up about 95% of its security of energy supplies, according to a 2016 report from government ministries of economics affairs.
The Dutch government has committed to ensuring 14% of its energy comes from renewable sources such as wind and solar power by 2020, and 16% by 2023, with the aim of being carbon neutral by 2050.
Gemini is seen as a stepping stone in the Netherlands and has shown that a very large project can be built on time, and in a very safe surrounding, Haag said.