The U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced it has approved the East Anglia One offshore wind farm project capable of generating 1,200 megawatts, enough electricity to power approximately 820,000 homes. The project is part of a joint venture between Scottish Power Renewables, a subsidiary of Spanish energy firm Iberdrola, and Vattenfall, the state-controlled utility in Sweden.
The wind farm will be located off the coast of Suffolk and currently plans to install up to 240 wind turbines. Upon completion, East Anglia could become the largest offshore wind farm in the world as it is expected to be larger than the current record holder, the London Array located off the coast of Kent. According to the DECC, the massive renewable energy project could also support around 1,800 local jobs and pump over £500 million (US$847 million) into the region’s economy.
“East Anglia and the rest of the UK have a lot to gain from this development. The project has the potential to inject millions of pounds into the local and national economies, and support thousands of green jobs. Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is crucial in creating job and business opportunities, getting the best deal for customers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports,” said U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.
Construction of the East Anglia offshore wind farm will begin in 2017 and is slated to begin generation by 2019.