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July 16 2011.

The Rampion wind farm off the coast of Sussex has today been given consent from the government to go ahead. The project is expected to support over 750 jobs and bring over £2 billion of investment into the UK economy.

Once built, the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes.

The decision underlines how the government’s policies have made the UK the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “We’re driving investment in our energy security, and our plans have made us number one in the world for investment in offshore wind energy.

“This project is great news for Sussex, providing green jobs as well as driving business opportunities right across the country in a sector with a clear roadmap for long-term growth.”