Thumbs up for giant UK offshore wind farm

A giant offshore wind project that will generate enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes has been granted development consent. The Government gave the thumbs up for Hornsea Project […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A giant offshore wind project that will generate enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes has been granted development consent.

The Government gave the thumbs up for Hornsea Project One, which will be made of three wind farms.

The 1.2GW project – located 64 miles off the Yorkshire coast – is expected to create up to 2,500 local jobs and bring in “millions of pounds” of investment to the UK economy.

It was one of eight renewable energy projects awarded an early Contract for Difference (CfD) in April this year.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is crucial to creating job and business opportunities in the UK, getting the best deal for consumers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports.

“Wind power is vital to this plan, with £14.5 billion invested since 2010 into an industry which supports 35,400 jobs.”

The project will be developed by Smart Wind, a partnership between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures.