The project will be sited further off the Dorset coast, with both its capacity and area reduced. The net effect will be a significant reduction in the wind farm's visual impact from the shore.
Navitus Bay is a 50-50 joint venture between energy companies Eneco Wind UK and EDF Energy. Eneco was awarded the rights to develop the West of Wight zone in January 2010, before forming the joint venture with EDF Energy in April 2012.
- The project boundary has been moved further away from the shore, so that it is now more than 3 kilometres further from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
- The maximum number of turbines has been cut from 333 to 218. The turbine options have been narrowed and they will be shorter, at up to 200 metres instead of 210
- The project's maximum capacity has been reduced by 8%, from 1.2GW to 1.1GW putting the maximum turbine size in the 5MW bracket
- The development area has been reduced by 12%, from 198 square kilometres to 175 square kilometres
The announced changes follow discussions with statutory consultees and local communities. Keith Moss, deputy project director at Navitus Bay, said they were a result of a "commitment to genuine consultation".
A fresh round of consultation events will take place in February in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Subject to planning and gaining consent, construction could commence in 2017. First power is envisaged by 2019, with the full capacity coming online by 2020 or 2021.