The UK government has given the go-ahead for the development of a 1200 MW offshore wind farm.

Triton Knoll could consist of up to 288 wind turbines and would cost £3.6 billion to build, says developer RWE npower renewables. It is the last of the UK’s major Round 2 offshore wind projects to be approved.

"This is a crucial milestone and means one step closer to being able to deliver this much needed energy infrastructure," said Jacob Hain, Triton Knoll project manager. "Today’s decision sends another positive message to the industry about the growth and potential of renewables in the UK."

Consent for the project was also welcomed by RenewableUK, which said that the project showed that the UK’s offshore sector was "maturing to take on new challenges of scale".

"We now need to have the policy framework in place to [sic] Britain secures the rewards of this new energy revolution by maximising employment and creating opportunities for UK businesses," said RenewableUK’s Director of Offshore Renewables Nick Medic.

RWE npower also called on the UK government to get the right policies in place for offshore wind development. "The government’s Electricity Market Reform must deliver a regulatory framework which is bankable to attract the required levels of investment," said Hain.