Plans for two major offshore wind farms in the Thames Estuary have been given the green light by the government.
Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling said one of the schemes, called London Array, would be the world’s biggest on completion in about 2011.
The wind farm will have 341 turbines over 144 sq miles (232 sq km) between Margate in Kent and Clacton, Essex.
The other project will be seven miles (11km) off North Foreland, Kent, across an area of 21 sq miles (35 sq km).
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the £1.5bn London Array project could generate enough renewable electricity to power 750,000 households when fully operational.
It will be situated 12 miles (20km) off the Kent and Essex coasts and contain five offshore substations and four meteorological masts.
The first turbines could be erected by 2008.
The smaller project, called the Thanet scheme, would cost £450m and contain 100 turbines.
The developer, Warwick Energy, expects the project to provide enough renewable electricity for 240,000 homes.
The DTI added both projects would make a “significant contribution to the government’s aim of a five-fold increase in the UK’s renewable energy resource by 2020”.
It also said the schemes would bring economic opportunities to businesses and local communities.
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