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Phase One complete for massive windfarm project

E13, the 175th and final turbine of phase one of the London Array project Credit: London Array

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.

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.”

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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.

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.

Final turbine for London Array

The last turbine has been installed at the London Array Offshore Wind Farm, marking the end of the latest phase of construction.

Off the coast of Kent and Essex, 175 turbines are now in place, with 55 of them supplying power to the national grid. The wind farm should be fully operational in the Spring.

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First power for windfarm

The London Array windfarm under construction Credit: E.ON

Engineers have announced that the first power had been produced at the London Array offshore windfarm.

The 630MW scheme, located in the Thames Estuary, will be the world’s largest and has been under construction since March 2011.

Developers DONG energy, E.ON and Masdar said today that 151 of the 175 turbines have been installed, with construction on schedule to be finished by the end of the year.

Together they will produce enough power to supply over 470,000 UK homes.