An offshore wind farm has beat its 2023 energy target and generated enough to power almost half the homes in Sussex.

Last year Rampion Offshore Wind Farm generated enough power for over 350,000 homes through environmentally-friendly renewable energy.

The wind farm produced 1580 gigawatt hours of power in 2023, compared to the goal of 1,400 gigawatt hours.

The farm off the Sussex coast began generating energy in November 2017, with all its turbines fully commissioned and operational from April 2018.

Now in its seventh operational year, the wind farm is on the lookout for a new engineer intern to start on their one-year programme.

Rampion Offshore Wind Farm General Manager Dan Allen-Baines said: "As we go into our seventh year of operation, we are proud to have beaten our target, and to offer a new, one-year Operations Engineer Internship position, which is currently advertised to start in August this year."

Since it was commissioned, the wind farm has taken on 13 apprentices.

Nine of these apprentices are now fully trained wind turbine technicians, with four of these now working full-time on the Rampion turbines as members of the Newhaven-based team.

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Candidates should preferably be undergraduates in electrical, mechanical or another type of engineering, or those close to completing their programmes and able to dedicate a year before pursuing further education.

General manager Daniel Allen-Baines said: "Rampion benefits the local community not only by allowing us to play our part in tackling the climate crisis and secure energy supplies, but in providing jobs and support for local people."

The Rampion Wind Farm has also aided the community by helping over 160 projects which have benefited more than a million people throughout Sussex.

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The Rampion Visitor Centre on Brighton seafront has also helped people the community by providing detailed information on wind turbine technology, offshore wind development, construction and operation.

Since its opening in September 2020, the visitor centre has welcomed nearly 45,000 people, including 140 school groups in 2023 alone.