Swedish energy company Vattenfall has won the right to build a major non-subsidised offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

The project is one of the first offshore wind farms to ever win a contract without financial support from a government, following a similar auction in Germany last year.The 700-750 megawatt wind farm, called Hollandse Kust Zuid, will be located 14 miles off the Dutch coast, and cover an area of 137 square miles. Vattenfall estimates it could power up to 1.5 million households upon completion within the next five years . . .

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