Energy company E.ON has started the construction of a 288MW wind project in the North Sea.
It installed the first foundation of the €1 billion (£0.8bn) Amrumbank West offshore wind farm, which will consist of 80 turbines – enough to power around 300,000 households.
The project is also expected to cut more than 740,000 metric tons of carbon emissions every year.
Eckhardt Rümmler, CEO of E.ON Climate & Renewables said: “We’re drawing on all the expertise we’ve gathered from our offshore facilities in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia… Offshore wind is on the road to becoming a reliable and cost-effective source of electricity.”
The wind farm is scheduled to be completed and enter service in summer 2015. Since 2006, E.ON claims to have invested just under €9 billion (£7.5bn) in renewables.