Energy company E.ON is today (February 6) unveiling its plans for between 100 and 195 wind turbines eight miles out to sea off the coast between Brighton and Newhaven.
The wind farm would generate enough energy to power more than two out of every three homes in Sussex, including the whole of Brighton and Hove.
It would be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.
The development has been broadly welcomed by MPs, councillors and environmental groups.
However, some concerns have been raised about the impact underground cable work will have on the South Downs National Park.
At peak times the farm would be the equivalent of a 700MW power station, with each turbine up to 175 metres tall.
This is more than three times the height of the Brighton Wheel.
Project development manager Chris Tomlinson said: “The Rampion wind farm offers a unique opportunity for us to make a valuable contribution to securing our electricity supplies for the future.”
Lewes MP Norman Baker said: ““People will hardly be able to notice the turbines in the distance, and they will provide an important source of energy. This is definitely the way forward.”
Chris Todd, from Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth, said: “There is the potential that construction work on the cable will cause damage to the habitat on the South Downs, and that needs to be worked and planned very carefully.”
In the next few months E.ON will be installing a meteorological mast on the site to measure wind speeds, wave heights, sea currents and record other offshore environmental data.
How to have your say on project
The community consultation for the project runs from Monday, February 13 until Sunday, May 6.
People can have their say on the proposal by completing and returning a consultation questionnaire, at one of the public exhibitions, online at eon-uk.com/rampion, or by post to FREEPOST RAMPION OFFSHORE WIND FARM.
They can also write to one of the Rampion team at Rampion@eon.com or call the consultation line on 01273 694876.
Public information events will be held at:
Saturday, February 18, 10am – 6pm
Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road.
Saturday, February 25, 10am – 6pm
St Paul’s Church, Main Hall, Chapel Road.
Monday, February 27, midday – 8pm
Hillcrest Community Centre, Main Hall, Hillcrest Road.
Monday, March 5, midday – 8pm
Holmbush Shopping Centre, Main Atrium, Upper Shoreham Road.
Saturday March 10, 10am – 6pm
St Andrew Old Church Hall, Church Road.
Wednesday, March 21, midday – 8pm
Community House, Anzac Room, Meridian Centre.
Monday, March 12, midday – 8pm
The Clinton Centre, Clinton Hall, Clinton Place.
Saturday, March 17, 10am – 6pm
Albourne Village Hall, The Street.
Tuesday, March 27, 11am – 6.30pm
Henfield Village Hall, Main Hall, Coopers Way.
Thursday, March 29, midday – 8pm
Lancing Parish Hall, Jubilee Hall, South Street.
Wednesday, April 4, midday – 8pm
Manor House, New Millennium Chamber, Church Street.
Read more on this story in the two-page special report inside today’s Argus.
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