A SERIES of public exhibitions will be staged about plans for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm which could be located off the coast of Newhaven.
Residents across East Sussex will be able to attend the events as part of a community consultation.
If successful the wind farm would be located 13km off the coast at its nearest point, with between 100 to 195 wind turbines, depending on the model used.
E.On’s project development manager Chris Tomlinson said: “I’ve been really encouraged by the response we’ve had to the development so far and I’m excited to now be able to discuss the project in more detail with the local community and hear their views.”
He continued: “With a population of over 1.5m, Sussex has a huge demand for electricity and the Rampion wind farm offers a unique opportunity for us to make a valuable contribution to securing our electricity supplies for the future.”
Hopes are high the wind farm could bring jobs to Newhaven, which has suffered from high unemployment during the recession.
The site could boast an electrical capacity of up to 700MW, which E.ON estimates could generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 450,000 homes - more than two-thirds of the homes in the whole of Sussex, including the city of Brighton and Hove.
Lewes MP Norman Baker (L.Dem) said: “I have long campaigned for significant investment in renewbale energy, which is necessary both for the country’s energy security in future and in order to cut our carbon emissions.
“I therefore warmly welcome this offshore scheme which I specifically argued for in the last parliament.
“Naturally, I am very keen that Newhaven should benefit directly in terms of jobs and have been lobbying hard for EoN to base their assembly and maintenance operations in the town.”
In spring, E.ON will install a meteorological mast on the site to measure wind speeds, wave heights, sea currents and other offshore environmental data.
E.ON already owns and operates three offshore wind farms in the UK.
The community consultation runs from Mon Feb 13-Sun May 6. Have your say by completing a questionnaire at a public exhibition, at eon-uk.com/rampion, or by post to Freepost Rampion Offshore Windfarm.
Email Rampion@eon.com or call the consultation line on 01273 694 876. Public information events in East Sussex: Mon, Feb 27, 12pm - 8pm, Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven; Mon Mar 12, 12pm - 8pm, Clinton Centre, Clinton Hall, Clinton Place, Seaford, Wed Mar 21, 12pm - 8pm, Community House, Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven.