The Rampion wind farm celebrated its first full year of generation last week. All 116 turbines were energised in the spring of 2018 and since then the site has made a significant contribution to the UK’s renewable energy needs.
The 400MW wind farm, 13km off the Sussex coast, has the capacity to power 350,000 homes1 or around half the homes in Sussex, reducing carbon emissions by around 600,000 tonnes a year2.
Commenting on the first anniversary of E.ON’s latest renewable energy project, E.ON UK Chief Executive, Michael Lewis said: “Rampion has begun to play a vital role in the UK’s energy future, providing a proportion of the energy we need from low carbon sources. It’s one of many ways E.ON is working to deliver low carbon energy and we’ve invested more than £3.3 billion in renewable technologies in the UK over the last decade.”
Richard Crowhurst, Plant Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm said: “Over the last year the 65-strong Newhaven based team has worked tirelessly to ensure the site’s safe and effective operation, monitoring, servicing and maintaining the turbines.
“We’re also delighted to have our first four apprentices working as an integral part of our team and look forward to our other three apprentices returning to site from their training over the coming months and to welcoming an eighth apprentice onboard this summer.”
The Rampion visitor centre is also due to open on Brighton seafront this summer, housing interactive displays for visitors to learn more about climate change, offshore wind energy and the Rampion story.
From the South Coast to the North East, Rampion’s first year of generation coincides with the end of life of E.ON’s Blyth offshore wind farm in Northumberland, the UK’s first offshore wind farm. Built in 2000, Blyth provided E.ON with the experience and learning to go on to develop a further 1.5GW of wind capacity off the UK coast, including the Rampion site in operation today.
Rampion is one of several major sustainable energy projects in E.ON’s portfolio which includes London Array, once the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Blackburn Meadows biomass combined heat and power plant in Sheffield and the Citigen district heating hub in the City of London.
Michael Lewis added: “Britain’s renewable fleet is growing strongly and helping our response to climate change. The next big opportunity for all of us is helping our customers to have greater control over the energy they need; generating and even storing renewable energy at home or in business through solar and battery options, heat pumps and electric vehicle tariffs, greater efficiency in buildings management and community-scale district heating schemes, helping to create smart sustainable homes, businesses and cities.”
Notes to editors
1 = Based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 3,938 kWh (BEIS).
2 = The calculation is made using a static figure of 430g/kWh representing the energy mix in the UK (1,366,560,000KWh x 430(g/kWh) / 1,000 = 587,621 tonnes pa.
- The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is owned by E.ON (50.1%), UK Green Investment Rampion Ltd (25%) and Enbridge (24.9%);
- More details about the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm including key facts and news updates, plus a photo and a video gallery can be found at rampionoffshore.com.