The UK’s Walney wind farm, off the shore of Cumbria, generated electricity for the first time on 13 January.
 
Electricity has been generated from the first of the 51 turbines that Walney 1 offshore wind farm will consist of eventually. When fully operational, the Walney 1 and 2 wind farms, will have a capacity of 367.2 MW.
 
The total cost of the two wind farms is around GBP1bn ($1.58bn) and is owned by DONG Energy (50.1 per cent), Scottish & Southern Energy (25.1 per cent) and a consortium of PGGM and Dutch Ampère Equity Fund, managed by Triodos Investment Management (24.8 per cent).
 
The Walney Wind Farms is located approximately 15km west of Barrow-in-Furness and they will each comprise 51 turbines. The construction of Walney 1 began in March 2010, and all turbines in the wind farm have now been installed, and will be commissioned over the coming months.
 
The second phase of the project, Walney 2, also with 51 turbines, will begin installation in March 2011 and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2011. Once fully operational, the wind farms will employ around 60 people.