UK-based renewable energy firm Galloper Wind Farm has received an approval from the government for the construction of a 504MW wind farm off the coast of Suffolk.

The proposed wind power facility will employ 140 wind turbines and is expected to be completed in 2017.

This wind power facility is anticipated to generate around £18 investment in the region, while creating 600 jobs across the country.

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) noted that offshore wind plays a major role to form a balanced energy mix, and the proposed offshore wind farm will improve the country’s energy security and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Commenting on the approva,l DECC spokesperson said that the Galloper wind farm will provide large amounts of clean energy, support jobs and generate major investment in Suffolk.

When completed, the wind farm will generate electricity, enough to power around 500,000 homes annually.