A new wind farm off the coast of Liverpool Bay will go ahead as Danish firm DONG Energy has finalised its investment plans.
The Burbo Bank Extension wind farm – so-called because there is already a wind farm in the same waters – will supply around 180,000 UK households.
Its total capacity of 258 megawatts (MW) is expected to be fully hooked up to the grid in 2017.
Executive Vice President Samuel Leupold said: “I am very pleased that with this final investment decision we can now begin the construction of Burbo Bank Extension… This wind farm will support green growth and employment in the UK.”
Energy Secretary Ed Davey welcomed the news as evidence the UK is “providing certainty for investors, resulting in a steady stream of private funding for renewable electricity projects and the creation of thousands of green jobs.”