The go ahead has finally been given to the Siemens project at Hull's Alexandra Dock.
Experts say the wind turbine blade manufacturing facility - promising thousands of jobs - is a key part of making the area a hub for the green energy industry.
Building work will begin shortly, as James Webster now reports.
The first 14 of an estimated 1,000 operational jobs to be created at Siemen's Green Port Hull have been advertised.
The jobs are split between six land-based stores and servicing jobs and eight offshore wind turbine commissioning technician roles.
All applicants must live within a 40-mile radius of the site, or be willing to relocate to hull.
The £160 million site will make around 600 wind turbine blades per year, and is expected to open in 2017.
The consortium SMart Wind has welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State to grant development consent for Hornsea Project One.
The project is scheduled to commence operation by 2020 when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale far from shore wind farm.
The DCO covers the entire project, including the turbines, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cable.
Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres, when completed, Project One will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.
Hornsea Project One is being developed by SMartWind – a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services – and DONG Energy. Hornsea Project One is one of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Financial Investment Decision Enabling Contracts for Difference by the Government in April 2014.
Siemens acts as financing and technology partner in the joint venture.
The company recently announced its intention to invest in wind turbine production facilities in Hull that could also produce the Hornsea turbines.
The Hornsea Project One will support the UK in its endeavours to pursue its environmental objectives and to satisfy a quarter of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. Siemens’ equity participation underpins its long-term commitment to the project and the region overall.
The very first jobs at Siemens at the Green Port Hull project have been advertised.
The global energy giant is now recruiting for the positions of Personal Assistant and Quantity Surveyor at the wind turbine production and installation facilities it is building at sites in Hull and Paull.
The positions will form part of the Hull project team tasked with driving the construction and development of the project forward.
Eventually, 1,000 jobs will be created, with more to follow in the supply chain.
Government plans to increase subsidies for offshore wind power in favour of onshore wind farms have been welcomed by renewables experts. Sam Pick from the Renewables Network says up until now, the strike price hasn't been high enough to attract the investment needed.
The news of a €1b windfarm off the East Yorks coast has been welcomed by business leaders. DONG Energy want to locate thirty-five wind turbines in the North Sea, five miles east of Hull.
Siemens will build the turbines, providing a further boost for their plans to build a £200m facility on Alexandra Dock in Hull, creating a green port. Both projects have the potential for hunderds of jobs.
Businesses based on land earmarked for the new £80m Siemens wind turbine factory have been relocated - providing hope the company will still come to the area.
The relocation of firms off Alexandra Dock in East Hull is just one of the measures being put into place ahead of an expected final decision by the global engineering giant early in the New Year.
After the publication of the Government's Energy Bill last week, the company said its plans for the Hull facility remained "on track".
The University of Lincoln, and the University of Sheffield have been named as two of Siemens' principal partner universities.
The status is to honour their working relationships and to acknowledge their goals to develop future engineering graduates and encourage research and innovation.
Siemens has been given the go-ahead to build a renewable energy hub in Hull, but says it has struggled to find capable apprentices.
The company has had over 1,000 applications for 37 apprenticeships at its UK energy service division. However, they say many of the candidates' core educational skills were not good enough.
The roles were at Siemens wind power training school in Newcastle.
A Siemens factory is being planned for the city's Alexandra Dock - and will create 700 jobs if it goes ahead. The council says the scheme should go ahead but the Environment Agency has objected to the plans saying they may result in Hull, Grimsby and Immingham facing an increased risk of flooding.