Energy giant Eon has been granted planning approval for a 230MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Humberside.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change approved the application for the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm which will have the capacity to provide up to 150,000 homes with energy from up to 77 turbines.
Energy and Climate Change secretary Chris Huhne said: “Offshore wind not only provides clean, green, secure energy, the investment that comes with it is great for the UK economy too.
“A new wind farm off the Humberside coast will be a further jobs and investment boost for the region, hot on the heels of Siemens’ announcement of plans to develop the Port of Hull.”
The wind farm will be Eon’s fifth in the UK and will be located 8km off the Holderness Coast in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Managing director for Eon’s European renewables business, Michael Lewis said: “This is really exciting news for us as we see offshore wind as an important part in the future energy mix of the UK.
“It’s essential that we continue to invest in renewable technologies and this is further recognition of our expertise in the sector generally and in offshore wind in particular.”
Eon was granted onshore planning consent for a new substation on industrial land near Salt End earlier this year and the substation will connect the Humber Gateway wind farm to the national grid via 30km of underground cable.