Denmark's Dong Energy decided to discontinue the world's first offshore wind farm, which was constructed 25 years ago, the company announced late on Wednesday.
The Vindeby wind farm, located in the south east of Denmark, consists of 11 offshore wind turbines.
"Vindeby is almost miniature-size in comparison with the giant projects which are now being realized in Northern Europe. But without the experience gained from the world's first offshore wind farm, we wouldn't be where we are today. It’s fair to say that Vindeby is the cradle of the offshore wind industry and that this is where the industry was born," said Leif Winther, the official responsible for DONG Energy's Danish offshore wind farms.
Vindeby, which was grid-connected in 1991, has covered the annual power consumption of around 2,200 households.
In comparison, Dong's future offshore wind farm off the east coast of England, Hornsea Project One, which when ready for commissioning in a few years will be the world's largest offshore wind farm, will be able to supply green energy to approximately one million households.
Dong has installed more than 1,000 offshore wind turbines in Denmark, Germany, and the U.K., and is continuing to invest heavily in offshore wind farm projects in these countries.
By Murat Temizer