Agence France-PresseOctober 21, 2013 10:48
Spain launched its first offshore wind turbine Monday, offering a moment of fleeting pride to an industry flagging from a decline in state support.
The five megawatt turbine has been erected at the end of a dyke in the port of Arinaga on Gran Canaria in the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands.
Standing 154 metres (505 feet tall) with 62.5-metre (205-feet) long blades, it can supply the annual energy needs of 7,500 homes.
After a trial that began in July, it should obtain its certification in about March 2014, allowing it to be deployed to the electrical grid.