The site will consist of 300 turbines and generate enough electricity to power 1.8 million homes
The Government has given the go-ahead for construction of the world’s largest ever off-shore windfarm to power some 1.8 million homes.
The gigantic operation off the Yorkshire coast will be made up of more 300 turbines and generate 1,800 megawatts of low-carbon electricity.
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark hailed the decision as a marker of the UK’s status as “a global leader in offshore wind”.
He said: “The [UK’s] industry has grown at an extraordinary rate over the last few years, and is a fundamental part of our plans to build a clean, affordable, secure energy system.
“Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country.”
Ministers claim the windfarm, being constructed by Danish firm Dong Energy, will create up to 1,960 construction jobs and 580 operational and maintenance jobs.
They add that, if the site is built to capacity, investment will total around £6 billion.
The Government is making £730m of financial support available for renewable electricity generation this Parliament and expects 10GW of offshore wind installed by the end of the decade.
Dong Energy UK Chairman Brent Cheshire said: “Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome.
“We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.
It comes after Dong pulled out of a £450 million project that promised to create thousands of jobs in the green energy sector on the Humber.
Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett said: “This is excellent news. Offshore wind is a fast-growing source of green energy, and one which the UK should be tapping into much more.
“As it becomes increasingly clear that Hinkley Point C is a white elephant which will not meet the UK’s energy needs, the government must instead direct resources to renewable sources like wind, the price of which is falling rapidly while the cost of building new nuclear facilities mounts.”