The first phase of the world's largest offshore windfarm is up and running. The final turbine at the London Array in the Thames Estuary has now been commissioned which means that all of them are exporting power to the national grid.
With all turbines now exporting power to the national grid, London Array is expected to produce enough green electricity to power nearly half a million homes a year.
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 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.”
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.
VIDEO: The world's largest off-shore windfarm off the North Kent coast made history today, supplying its first electricity to the National Grid. And it announced plans for expansion, that will bring more jobs and investment to the South East.