Gwynt y Mor scheme with power for 500,000 homes could be running 2012
The newly created Department for Energy and Climate Change has given the go-ahead for construction of one of the world's largest wind farms off the Welsh coast.
The 750MW Gwynt y Mor development, to be built 13km off the Conwy coast, will include 250 turbines and generate enough electricity for up to 500,000 UK homes.
Electricity giant Npower, which is behind the development, said the farm would start to produce power from 2012, subject to consent for onshore electricity works.
Energy secretary Ed Miliband said the scheme would be a “powerhouse for renewable energy”.
He said: “The UK must clean up its energy supply to fight the damaging effects of climate change and more wind power will help us do this.
“The UK is leading the world in offshore wind, and the developments off the coast of north Wales will help keep us front runners.”