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£1bn Wind Farm Opened In Sussex

Posted: 05/06/2018

A new £1 billion wind farm has been officially opened off the coast of Sussex, providing enough energy to power half the county’s homes.

The Rampion project is the first on the south coast and consists of 116 turbines, capable of producing electricity for 350,000 houses. It is not quite as large as the London Array in the Thames Estuary which has 175 turbines and is the largest offshore wind farm in the world, according to the BBC.

Due to be completed in autumn of next year, the East Worthing to Brighton coast-based renewable energy hub will be adhering to best practice such as GWO working at heights training and ensuring facilities for advanced rescue, as well as Intermediate emergency care for offshore and remote areas.  

The Rampion project is a joint scheme from developer E.ON and Canadian energy business Enbridge, together with a consortium including USS, Macquarie Capital and the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund.

Lewes MP Maria Caufield opened the operations and maintenance base on May 29th 2018, which oversees 72 square kilometers - larger than the island of Guernsey.

In April this year, Aurora Energy research reported that the UK is on the edge of a breakthrough for renewable energy, with the potential to generate 18GW of subsidy-free renewable energy by 2030.

Both wind and solar energy are tipped as the first renewable energy sources to be used in subsidy-free projects, while there are already subsidy-free schemes in other parts of Europe such as Germany and the Netherlands.