The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has granted Iberdrola, a Spanish electric utility company, approval to build Baltic Eagle, the Baltic Sea’s largest offshore wind farm. With a capacity of 476 MW, Baltic Eagle will be able to generate enough clean energy to power 475,000 homes while avoiding over 800,000t of carbon emissions each year. By the end of 2024, the wind farm should be operational.
The Baltic Eagle wind farm is part of a 1.1 GW offshore wind complex being built with a $3.7 billion investment and is located 30 km north-east of the island of Rügen. The Wikinger offshore wind farm, which was commissioned in 2017, and Windanker, a 300 MW wind project set to start operations in 2026, are currently part of the wind complex. Furthermore, Iberdrola has started removing unexploded munitions from the seabed as part of the construction process, as well as ensuring the manufacturing of foundation components.
Earlier this month, Iberdrola acquired the rights to Mount James wind farm in Queensland, Australia. The wind energy project covers more than 50,000 hectares of land and has completed its environmental studies. Reportedly, Mount James, in North Queensland, is said to be the world’s largest onshore wind farm, with a capacity of 1 GW.