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US to launch first offshore wind farm in 2016

16 Dec 2015

The coast of Rhode Island will be the location of the first offshore wind farm the US has ever seen. Deepwater Wind who is responsible for building the $290 million project, will consist of five highly advanced turbines. Once operational, the farm is predicted to provide power for 17,200 Rhode Island homes, generating approximately 125,000 MWh per year. The project is moving quickly and construction crews have already installed the last deck of the platform.

"It's certainly generated a lot of attention for the potential of offshore wind and we really feel like offshore wind, for really the entire East Coast, could be a big part of our country's energy future," said Meaghan Wims, a spokesperson for Deepwater Wind.

This is a historical achievement for the global offshore wind industry and will lead to the creation of many new jobs within the sector.  

“Rhode Island is proud to be home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm, and we’re quickly becoming a center of innovation in this growing industry,” said Rhode Island Governor, Gina M. Raimondo.