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Graceful off shore and on shore wind farms in Greater Yarmouth

Scroby Sands was one of the first commercial off-shore wind farms to be built in the UK. Commissioned in March 2004 the 30-turbine wind farm on Scroby Sands, 3km off the coast has become a popular landmark and tourist attraction.

Britain's largest offshore wind farm was commissioned by E.ON to provide enough power for 41,000 homes saving the emission of 67,802 tonnes of carbon dioxide, nearly 600 tonnes of sulphur dioxide and nearly 200 tonnes of oxides of nitrogen from being released into the atmosphere each year. It has been supplying the National Grid with energy since 2005.

Scroby Sands is the perfect place for an offshore wind farm with shallow waters and off shore sand banks, along with relatively high wind speeds and low wave forces. Port access and electrical grid connection at Great Yarmouth provides the perfect infrastructure to ensure the farm can be well maintained.

Once assured that there would be no threat to the Scroby Sands seal colony or the little terns, Britain's second rarest seabird which visit local shores every summer, the offshore wind farm has been taken to heart by locals and tourists, who are extremely proud that Great Yarmouth was the first place in the country to have an off-shore wind farm.

In summer months, a short boat trip departing from Central Beach takes visitors out to see the seals on the sand banks and to admire the turbines up close at the same time. For landlubbers, the Scroby Sands Visitor centre has lots of information about the wind farm.

Visitors to Great Yarmouth who arrive via the A47 Acle Strait having counted the numerous traditional windmills that are dotted along the road are also met by a 21st century wind farm as they get nearer the coast. Although sometimes confused with Scroby Sands, the graceful white blades turning their sails in greeting are the borough's onshore wind farm of 10 turbines located at Blood Hills near Somerton.

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