First Offshore Wind Farm in Nation Begins Construction off Block Island Coast

Friday, October 02, 2015


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Deepwater Wind's five turbine Block Island Wind Farm will be the first offshore wind farm in the nation, located just three miles off the southeast coast of Block Island.

The wind farm will export 90% of the island's power back to the mainland through an undersea transmission cable, the Block Island Transmission System.

“We’re incredibly proud to be at the forefront of a new American clean-tech industry,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “This moment has been years in the making – and it’s just the start of something very big," said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.

The project will supply over 100,000 megawatt hours annually and reduce energy costs for the island and air pollution across southern New England for years.

 “From a permitting standpoint, the project required some thinking outside the box — it’s pretty progressive. We have been working on this project for over 6 years. After pulling together zoning and planning board applications, working with municipalities and neighbors, and providing engineering solutions for multiple locations it is rewarding to watch as construction begins," said Nicole Reilly, Senior Project Manager at DiPrete.

Deepwater Wind teamed up with DiPrete Engineering to assist with land surveying, site engineering, and land use permitting.


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