Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex has today been given consent from the government to go ahead. The project is expected to support over 750 jobs and bring over £2 billion of investment into the UK’s economy.
Once built, the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes.
The decision underlines how the government’s policies have made the UK the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:
“We’re driving investment in our energy security, and our plans have made us number one in the world for investment in offshore wind energy.
“This project is great news for Sussex, providing green jobs as well as driving business opportunities right across the country in a sector with a clear roadmap for long-term growth.”
Notes to editors
- The developer is E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Rampion Offshore Wind Ltd.
- Onshore construction is expected to start in 2015 and the project including the offshore installation will take 4 years to complete.
- The developer estimates that generation will start in 2018/19.
- For the project to go ahead, developers will need to make a final investment decision, and either apply for a Contract for Difference or seek to accredit under the Renewables Obligation.