An MP from East Sussex has welcomed news of a windfarm off the coast of East Sussex.
Lewes MP Norman Baker says it is 'great news' that the Rampion offshore wind farm has been given consent from the government to go ahead.
This project is expected to support over 750 jobs and bring over £2 billion of investment into the UK’s economy. Once built, the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes.
This is great news for Newhaven and something I have lobbied hard for. It is positioning Newhaven very well as the South East Centre of offshore renewable technology for the century ahead. It is great for the economy and great for the environment
It is a good thing the Energy Secretary has not listened to the ‘naysayers’ who continually talk down renewable energy.
This offshore renewable energy source will be able to provide energy for approximately 450,000 homes and is an investment in our energy security for the future, helping to make Britain self-sufficient in the future.”
The chief operating officer of E.ON has said he is delighted after receiving the go-ahead for the windfarm off the Sussex coast.
This is a key milestone for the project and we firmly believe Rampion will play an important role in helping to ensure future security of supply and make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK's renewable energy targets."
– Michael Lewis, chief operating officer, E.ON Renewables
The wind farm will not only help generate jobs during both construction and operation, but also provide a boost to the port regeneration at Newhaven and the local economy."
– Chris Tomlinson, development manager for Rampion Wind Farm
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