LEGO's new toy? A 78-turbine offshore wind farm

LEGO's new toy? A 78-turbine offshore wind farm

by Big Mac

Wind power turbines

 

A new 312MW wind farm located off the coast of Germany has started generating power.

LEGO Group invested €400 million (£294m) in the 78-turbine Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm and has a 31.5% stake.

Danish turbine manufacturer DONG Energy, which has a 50% interest and developed the project, invested €1.25 billion (£0.9bn). William Demant owns 18.5% of the wind farm.

The project can generate enough electricity to power 320,000 homes.

Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, President and CEO of the LEGO Group said: “It is a substantial step towards our 2020 goal, to be 100% balanced by renewable energy. We will reach this by focusing on our energy efficiency, which has improved by more than 20% in the last five years and by investing in renewable energy. These combined efforts mean that by 2020 we will produce more renewable energy than we use to manufacture the billions of LEGO bricks children all over the world love to play with.”

The project is expected to contribute to the German Government’s target of installing 6.5GW of offshore wind capacity by 2020.