The world’s second largest wind farm is now online

Gemini wind farm is now operational.

Gemini wind farm is located off the Dutch coast in the North Sea, and can generate 600 MW (megawatts) of clean power at full capacity using all its 150 wind turbines.

The Netherlands has built this large wind farm to reduce its carbon footprint and to enhance the energy security of the country.

Gemini wind farm will provide clean power for about 1.5 million people (785,000 households in the Netherlands) over the next 15 years.

The $3 billion (2.8 billion euro) wind project, was possible due to a collaboration between the Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord, the Canadian independent renewable-energy company Northland Power, the wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Wind Power and the waste processing company HVC.

Gemini wind farm will generate about 2.6 TW (terawatts) of clean electricity per year, and is considered the world’s second largest wind farm after the London Array park in the Britain’s Thames river estuary, which is the largest wind farm in the world.

During the inauguration ceremony that took place this Monday (May 8, 2017), Matthias Haag, the CEO of the Gemini wind farm announced that the wind park is now operational, and the work to build the wind farm was not easy mostly due to its remote location (far offshore).

The 2.6 TW (terawatts) of green energy generated by the wind farm will represent about 13% of the country’s total renewable energy generation supply (25% of the country’s wind power generation capacity), and will reduce the country’s carbon footprint by removing about 1.25 million tons of harmful emissions from the atmosphere.

The wind farm was built pretty far offshore (53 miles north of the coast of Groningen) and occupies an area of 26 square miles (68 square kilometers).

The place was chosen to be far from the coastal residents, but mostly due to the constant high winds in the area that are averaging about 22 mph (35 km/h).

All the clean electricity generated by the wind farm is collected by two nearby substations, and from there is piped to the Eemshaven seaport (located 69 miles from the wind park), where enters the national grid.

For the moment, the country relies heavily on fossil fuels (95%), but the Dutch government is committed to ensure that about 14% of the energy produced in the country will be generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power by the year 2020, and 16% by 2023.

The Dutch government plans to become 100% carbon neutral by 2050.

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