Ambitious plans to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of Newhaven have been given the green light by the Government.
The project is expected to support more than 750 jobs and bring over £2 billion of investment into the UK’s economy.
Once built, the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes.
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.”
Construction of the Rampion off shore wind farm by E.On is expected to start in 2015 and will take four years to complete. Production of electricity will start in 2018-19.