New wind farm off the coast of Sussex has been approved by the UK government

Green light for off-shore wind farm in Sussex

A new offshore wind farm off the Sussex coast which will produce enough electricity for around 450,000 homes has been given the green light by the UK government.

The 700 megawatt Rampion wind farm will consist of up to 175 turbines, and is expected to support over 750 jobs and bring in £2bn in investment to the UK economy, the Department of Energy and Climate Change 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,” Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.

"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 road map for long-term growth."

The developer, E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Rampion Offshore Wind Ltd, is expected to start onshore construction for the site in 2015, and estimates power generation will start in 2018 or 2019.

For the wind farm to go ahead the company will need to make a final investment decision on the project, and apply for subsidies.

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