A new project to celebrate wind power successes has seen politicians sign actual turbine components.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW) has announced the initiative to celebrate the rapidly falling cost of electricity from offshore wind, advances in technology and their contribution to the UK economy.
The Parliamentary Blades Project will follow blade components from production, installation and into operation.
The blade components were signed by more than 30 MPs, peers and dignitaries during Offshore Wind Week.
The parts will be split between two blades – one destined for Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in Morecambe Bay, the other for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in Germany.
The blade for the German site will be one of the first ever exported from the UK.
Hugh McNeal, CEO of Renewable UK, said: “This project celebrates the skilled UK engineers that manufactured the components, highlights the industry’s export potential and brings politicians together with local communities to celebrate the power of the UK’s offshore wind sector.”
The initiative will also see MPs engaging with young people from their constituencies by inviting local schools to take part in a competition to name and design the logo of The Parliamentary Blades project.
The winning schools will win a special wind power workshop and have a virtual reality session to learn more about the technology.