A total of 118 cheap energy offshore wind turbines were fully connected to the national grid in the first half of this year, new figures show.
According to data from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the newly installed wind turbines have a combined capacity of 333MW, which represents a significant growth rate considering the total capacity of turbines last year was 577MW.
A further 151 wind turbines with a capacity of 440 MW were installed but not connected to the grid, EWEA said.
"The number of offshore wind turbines connected to the grid in the first half of this year is well over half the total amount installed all last year and I am confident we are heading for a record year," commented Justin Wilkies, director of policy at EWEA.
He added that Europe is a world leader in offshore wind energy and continued growth in this sector is essential for European jobs and competitiveness, as well as for reducing carbon dioxide emission levels.
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