First power produced at 400MW UK offshore wind farm

  First power has been generated at the Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex. The 400MW wind farm consists of 116 turbines and is expected to generate enough electricity to power almost 347,000 homes a year. That’s equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. Turbine installation at the 400MW project began […]

Sussex schools soar towards solar sustainability

Two schools in Sussex have installed solar panels to generate their own clean energy. The Three Bridges Primary School in Crawley and the Forest School in Horsham have joined the West Sussex County Council Solar Power for Schools programme, which has installed renewable energy systems on 11 schools to date. It aims to increase this […]

Surrey water works to receive £22m upgrade

A water treatment plant in Surrey is recieving a £22 million upgrade and redevelopment. Sutton and East Surrey Water (SESW) will create a new drainage lagoon for its Woodmansterne Water Treatment near Outwood Lane, Chipstead. The project aims to help secure water supplies for customers throughout its supply area, particularly during periods of low rainfall […]

GMB calls for job guarantees on £1.3bn wind farm

The GMB union has asked for job assurances on a £1.3 billion Sussex wind farm. The request follows E.ON’s confirmation it will invest and build the 400MW Rampion offshore wind farm. The energy company said it expects to create up to 450 jobs during the main building phase. GMB National Secretary for energy, Gary Smith said: […]

UK green bank invests in £1.3bn Brighton wind farm

A £1.3 billion wind project off the coast of Brighton will soon enter the construction phase. Energy company E.ON confirmed it will invest in and build the Rampion offshore wind farm, which will be located around 13 kilometres off the Sussex coast. The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has bought a £236 million stake in […]

Government backs wind farm offshore Sussex

A new offshore wind farm which is expected to produce enough electricity to power around 450,000 homes has been given the green light by the Government. The Rampion wind farm off the coast of Sussex will consist of up to 175 turbines and is expected to support more than 750 jobs as well as bring […]

Brighton University to help green SMEs boost growth

The University of Brighton (pictured) is to launch a new £3 million platform aimed at supporting small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) that produce green goods and services in Sussex. The Green Growth Platform, a five-year scheme, will act as a catalyst for growth and innovation and provide a range of services to SMEs. They […]

Frack-mate in Sussex

Cameras have been trained on the small village of Balcombe in Sussex since protestors converged there at the end of July, angry with plans to test for shale oil and gas in their backyards. ELN reporter Vicky Ellis visited the protestors’ campsite to find out what the frack was going on.

Fracking on! Cuadrilla denies drilling plans postponed

Fracking firm Cuadrilla has denied rumours it has postponed plans to drill at the Balcombe site in Sussex as protest against the company continues. Six people have so far been arrested today as they tried to prevent trucks with equipment from going into the site – bringing the total to 23 since Friday morning. Banners […]

Fracking protestors complain of “heavy-handed” police

Several arrests were made today after anti-shale gas protestors were forcibly moved from blocking the entrance to a drilling site in Sussex. It makes a second day of protest action from local residents and activists at the shale gas drilling firm Cuadrilla Resource’s site in Balcombe. Around 60 people gathered this morning, pulling a tree […]