The last of the 116 wind turbines which have sprung up off the Brighton coast has now been switched on, bringing the total amount of electricity generated by the farm to 400MW – enough to power half the homes in Sussex.
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm began construction in early 2016, and two years later the last major milestone on the way to completion has been reached.
More work is scheduled to be carried out at the onshore and offshore substations, and the whole project should be completed and fully operational later this year.
Matthew Swanwick, Project Director for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm said: “We’re delighted to have now reached the point where all of the wind turbines are up and running and contributing yet more clean power, adding to the UK’s growing renewables fleet and its ability to help meet the UK’s energy needs.
“We still have a number of activities to complete, for example at the onshore and offshore substations and landfall, so people will continue to still see ongoing activities offshore and onshore over the coming months. Full reinstatement of the onshore cable route back to its former condition is another top priority for us this year.”
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge and a consortium comprising of the Green Investment Group, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and the Universities Superannuation Scheme.