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Offshore Turbines of Robin Rigg Wind Farm in Solway Firth, United Kingdom – November 25th, 2011

November 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

United Kingdom - November 8th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the  Solway Firth, a firth that forms part of the border between England and Scotland, between Cumbria (including the Solway Plain) and Dumfries and Galloway. It stretches from St Bees Head, just south of Whitehaven in Cumbria, to the Mull of Galloway, on the western end of Dumfries and Galloway. The Isle of Man (visible at the lower left of the full image) is also very near to the firth.

The firth comprises part of the Irish Sea. The coastline is characterised by lowland hills and small mountains. It is a mainly rural area with fishing and hill farming (as well as some arable farming) still playing a large part in the local economy.

Visible in the center of the firth are a series of dots arranged in parallel lines (best observed in full image). These are the turbines of the Robin Rigg Wind Farm, Scotland’s first offshore wind farm, which has been constructed in the Firth, on sandbank midway between the Galloway and Cumbrian coasts.

The construction of the windfarm began in 2007, and it was finally completed on 20th April 2010. Sixty Vestas V90-3MW wind turbines have been installed, with an offshore electrical substation. The 180 MW development will provide enough electricity for about 117,000 households.

 

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