E-On has been awarded planning consent from the government to construct and operate Rampion Offshore Wind Farm of between 100-175 turbines to be installed off the Sussex coast which could generate enough electricity to power 450,000 homes producing 700 megawatts. The turbines will be built eight miles (13km) off the coast between Peacehaven and Worthing.
The government said the £2billion project led by E-On will create more than 750 jobs, with construction to start in 2015 aiming to finish in 2019 to begin generating electricity.
Mr Davey, a Liberal Democrat, said: ‘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
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said the decision was “great news for Sussex” and would create “green jobs as well as driving business opportunities right across the country”.