ScottishPower Renewables Ltd. and Vattenfall AB won U.K. approval for a wind farm off the Suffolk coast generating enough power for as many as 820,000 homes.
The East Anglia One farm will comprise about 240 turbines, the government said today in a statement. East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd., a 50-50 venture between the two companies, will start construction in 2017. Generation is expected to begin in 2019.
“The project has the potential to inject millions of pounds into the local and national economies, and support thousands of green jobs,” Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said in the statement. It may support about 1,800 local jobs and inject more than 500 million pounds ($850 million) into the region’s economy, according to the statement.
The work is the first phase of a project that may see 1,200 turbines with a capacity of as much as 7,200 megawatts.
The U.K. has the most offshore wind capacity installed in Europe, with 56 percent of the total, according to figures from the European Wind Energy Association. As much as 18 gigawatts may be installed in Britain by the end of the decade supplying 18 percent to 20 percent of the country’s electricity annually.