Hong Kong gives nod to 200MW offshore wind farm

Hong Kong’s environmental regulatory agency has approved a 200-megawatt (MW), HK$7bn ($903m) offshore wind farm, which would become the first major offshore wind farm ever built in Asia.

The project, which would produce an estimated 1% of Hong Kong’s needed electricity, has come under criticism from groups who claim its benefits would be dwarfed by its environmental toll. The plans call for the construction of 67 turbines less than 10km off Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay.

But the developers, Hong Kong’s CLP Holdings and UK-based Wind Prospect, have slowly built support for the project, both in the public and private sector. Hong Kong has set a target of generating 1%-2% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2012.

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