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Final design for wind-farm revealed

London Array Offshor Wind Farm (Photo: E.ON)

London Array Offshor Wind-Farm (Photo: E.ON)

Friends of the Earth have welcomed the revised design for the Rampion wind-farm off the coast of Sussex.  The energy company E.ON has reduced the number of turbines from 175 to 116, over concerns of views from the South Downs.

The wind-farm will be build eight miles off the coast between Peacehaven and Worthing.  Construction is expected to begin next year, and take 3 years to complete.

Chris Todd, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, said:

This is really good news as it brings us another step closer to reducing our carbon emissions here in Sussex.  We also welcome the fact that E.ON has altered the size and layout of the wind farm which will dramatically reduce the visual impact from the Heritage Coast and the wider South Downs.

When fully operational, the wind-farm is expected to generate 400MW of electricity, enough to supply the equivalent of up to 290,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 600,000 tonnes a year.

E.ON said it estimates between 250 and 300 jobs will be created during construction phase. With 65 full time permanent jobs, at the operations base in Newhaven Port, once the wind farm is commissioned.