The energy firm E.ON is moving to the next stage of its planned 665MW Rampion wind farm in what has been designated as Zone 6, a 27 hectare area of sea, 13km off the Sussex coast.
They have previously applied for permission to put a 100m mast on the proposed Rampion site and are on the verge of carrying out detailed environmental studies. The met mast will collect wind speed data and measure wave heights and sea currents. The data will then help E.ON to design the best possible layout for the location. Formal consultation with local communities will begin later this year but on Wednesday, 28th Sept. E.ON plans to have a public information stall at the Farmers' Market event in Churchill Square. The planning application is expected to be submitted in January 2012.
Rampion, which was named after the County flower of Sussex by students at Davison High School in Worthing, has the potential to supply around 430,0001 homes with renewable electricity. Underwater cables will bring the electricity ashore at Shoreham.
If built, the turbines should be just visible on a good day from the promenade and clearly visible from the hilly areas of Brighton.