Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have announced that that the Vineyard Wind 1 project completed the successful installation of the first GE Haliade-X wind turbine for the offshore project. The completed turbine is comprised of one tower, three blades and one nacelle, and the fully assembled machine represents the largest turbine in the western world, with a nameplate capacity of 13 MW.
“This is a monumental achievement and a proud day for offshore wind in the United States that proves this industry is real and demonstrates Avangrid’s steadfast commitment to helping the Northeast region meet its clean energy and climate goals,” said Avangrid CEO Pedro Azagra. “While this is a landmark for this first-in-the-nation project and the industry, we remain focused on the important work ahead to continue the successful installation campaign of these massive turbines and deliver the first power to Massachusetts homes and businesses this year.”
“This complete turbine is a monument to the hard work and belief in our construction and project teams, and countless partners in our neighboring communities,” said Tim Evans, Partner and Head of North America for CIP. “Vineyard Wind is the future of American offshore wind, and it’s a future full of clean, sustainable energy and tremendous potential for job creation and reducing carbon pollution. Offshore wind continues to be a cornerstone in our investment strategy, with the U.S. market playing a central role.”
The project will consist of 62 wind turbines to generate 806 MW off the coast of Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind began offshore construction in late 2022, achieved steel-in-the-water in June, and completed the nation’s first offshore substation in July. Construction flows through the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. In July 2021, Vineyard Wind signed the first Project Labor Agreement for an offshore wind project in the United States, which outlined the creation of 500 union jobs though the project.
An 806-MW project located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Wind will generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, create 3,600 full-time-equivalent job years, save customers $1.4 billion over the first 20 years of operation, and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million metric tons per year.
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