E.ON’s latest giant windfarm off the coast of Brighton and Hove has delivered its first power to the grid.
The announcement came from E.ON this week that the Rampion wind farm situated off the Sussex coast, has successfully generated power after the first of its 116 turbines had been brought online.
The installation of the 400MW project began in March of this year and was celebrated as it was completed ahead of schedule by six months, completing the project by September.
“We’re especially proud to have reached this milestone as the first power is generated at Rampion,” said Matthew Swanwick, project director for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
“Over the coming weeks and months, the turbines will one-by-one begin to be turned on and generate power as they are brought online. This process will take us into 2018 to complete.” -Matthew Swanwick
The project has been developed by E.ON, UK Green Investment Rampion Ltd and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge. The 28-square mile, £1.3 Billion-pound project is expected to supply enough electricity to power 347,000 homes a year, the equivalent of around half the homes in the Sussex area.
This comes only days after the 402MW Dudgeon wind farm of the Norfolk coast was officially opened.
It also came as Swedish renewables developer Vattenfall placed an ‘historically large’ order that will see Siemens Gamesa provide turbines to three new Danish offshore wind farms.