First float­ing wind farm

HYWIND SCOT­LAND STA­TOIL

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Five tur­bines bob in the nearly 400-foot-deep wa­ters off the coast of Scot­land, gen­er­at­ing enough power to meet the needs of around 20,000 homes. This float­ing-wind-farm project is close to shore, but the de­sign means that tur­bines could one day live far­ther out to sea, where the winds are stronger—and the farms are less vis­i­ble from land. That’s a win­win for peo­ple who like clean en­ergy but want to keep their sweet ocean view.

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