Wind farms hit new heights

Britain's largest wind farm which is off the Kent coast has reached full capacity for the first time.

Politicians' support for Sussex wind farm

Norman Baker MP Credit: PA

Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, said: “I’m pleased that matters are moving forward. This development, if given permission, will create an initial 85 jobs in Newhaven, as well as helping the UK both to become more energy self-sufficient and cut carbon emissions.”

Caroline Lucas MP Credit: PA

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: "Following a period of further consultation by E.ON, I’m delighted that the proposals for the Rampion wind farm are now back on the table and hope the project will get the green light.

"This exciting clean energy development could provide secure and sustainable power for a huge number of homes in Brighton and Hove – as well as creating local jobs, slashing carbon emissions and boosting the region’s reputation as a place for investment in green industries.”

Sussex windfarm gets 'consideration go-ahead'

The London Array windfarm off the Kent coast recently reached full capacity. Credit: E.ON

Plans for energy firm E.ON’s Rampion offshore wind farm have been accepted for consideration by the Planning Inspectorate.

The company said feedback from over 1,500 people and organisations in Sussex has been used to shape the wind farm proposals.

Chris Tomlinson, project manager, said: "The feedback has helped us further reduce the impact on the local community, while maintaining a project capable of generating electricity for the needs of two thirds of the homes in Sussex.”

If built, the wind farm could have up to 175 turbines and a capacity of 700MW which could generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 450,000 homes.

The news comes as the London Array - the world’s largest offshore wind farm, off the Kent coast, in which E.ON also has a 30% stake - reached full capacity on Friday with the commissioning of the 175th and final turbine.

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New heights for wind farms

Britain's largest wind farm, off the Kent coast, has reached full capacity for the first time.

The 175 turbines of the London Array are now creating enough power to supply half a million homes. It has taken two years to complete the project.

Meanwhile 195 turbines could be built off the Sussex coast. An exhibition of the latest plans for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, off Newhaven, will take place in Brighton today.