ENERGY company E.ON will install a meteorological mast off the coast of Newhaven to conduct research linked with the offshore wind farm.
Work is starting today (Monday April 2) on putting up the 110m tall mast, which will measure wind speeds, wave heights and sea currents.
The environmental data will be used to design the wind farm.
E.ON said the mast is expected to be in place by April 16.
The energy company’s development manager for the project, Chris Tomlinson, said: “We’re very excited to reach this milestone and get into the water to install the met mast.
“This represents the next key stage in the project as we analyse measurements from the met mast, alongside feedback from the community consultation to help finalise the design for this wind farm.”
Newhaven Port will be used as a base for this construction.
E.ON will be making sea users aware that works are underway and a temporary local exclusion zone will be in place whilst activity is carried out.
The proposed offshore wind farm would be located between 13km and 23km off the Sussex coast and could feature between 100 and 195 turbines depending on the model used.
The site will help satisfy the UK’s need for renewable power and the wind farm could accommodate an installed electrical capacity of up to 700MW, which E.ON estimates could generate enough electricity for the domestic needs of more than two thirds of the homes in the whole of Sussex.
There is still time for residents to have their say before the formal community consultation ends on Sunday May 6. To give E.ON your views on the proposal, complete and return a consultation questionnaire: online at www.eon-uk.com/rampion, or www.facebook.com/rampionwindfarm, post to FREEPOST RAMPION OFFSHORE WIND FARM, email the Rampion team using email@example.com or call the consultation line on 01273 694 876.