UK is set to build another 'biggest offshore wind farm' and support the construction of England's biggest onshore wind power plant.
Just one week after UK's Prime Minister David Cameron opened the largest operating wind farm in the world, the UK government has announced it is giving a green light to two new record setting wind projects.
The next world’s biggest offshore wind farm project - to be built off the coast of Linconshire and Norfolk - has received the planning consent, while the prospects for the construction of a new onshore wind farm in South Wales have been confirmed by the investor - the Swedish company Vattenfall.
The two projects, it was reported, will together generate enough power to supply one million homes with electricity.
The Loncolnshire-Norfolk Triton Knoll offshore scheme, consisting of 288 offshore turbines, is believed to bring about £3.6bn in investment, create approximately 1,130 jobs and generate enough electricity to power 820,000 homes.
The construction of Vattenfall's £400m Pen y Cymoedd plant in South Wales, set to become the biggest onshore wind farm of England and Wales, will commence in 2014. The farm will have 76 turbines and is expected to be fully operational by 2016.
"These two projects will attract billions in investment into the UK, support hundreds of skilled green jobs in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and in the county boroughs of Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf, while providing homes with clean energy,” said Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
Commenting on the announcement, Ed Davey said the recent developments in the wind energy sector clearly show that allegations that the UK government is sending off mixed messages regarding its commitment to renewable resources are untrue.
"Offshore and onshore wind is an important contributor to our energy mix. We have provided certainty early to onshore and offshore wind investors and now see significant investment decisions being made that will benefit the UK's economy for years to come," he said.
Last month, ministers unveiled plans for the guaranteed prices that will be paid for electricity from renewables including offshore and onshore wind in the coming decade, in order to give investors certainty of the return they will get to cover high capital cost.