Plans to create the world’s biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of Britain have been approved.
Work on the massive Triton Knoll site – 288 giant wind turbines off the Lincolnshire coast – can now begin after the £3.6bn project was given the go ahead.
It will dwarf Britain’s current largest offshore facility, the 175-turbine London Array in the Thames Estuary unveiled last week by David Cameron.
Go-ahead: An offshore wind farm off the coast of Skegness in Lincolnshire
When complete, the new giant windfarm will generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power for 820,000 homes.
But critics say it will not come without a cost, as offshore power is currently subsidised by the taxpayer at three time the wholesale price of conventionally-produced electricity.
And the scheme is not without controversy. As part of the project, energy giant RWE are proposing building a substation the size of 30 football pitches connected to the offshore turbines, in the Lincolnshire countryside.
The proposal was met with anger by some residents, who have accused the company of trying to turn the area into an industrial site.
Others said it would drive down house prices The Government also approved a second scheme yesterday, in Wales. Energy company Vattenfall confirmed it is investing £400 million in England and Wales’ largest onshore wind farm at Pen y Cymoedd, South Wales.
The scheme, which will consist of 76 turbines, will begin next year, with the first power being generated for the grid in 2016.
Hundreds of jobs are expected to be created in the construction phase of both projects.
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