Published on 20th October 2023
Iberdrola has completed the first turbine installation in Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind farm. Vineyard Wind 1 is a USD 3 billion offshore wind project located 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, USA.
The project when fully operational will generate clean, renewable, and affordable energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses while reducing carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year. Each turbine has the capacity to provide power to more than 6,000 homes and businesses. The project will have 62 wind turbines with a total output of 800 MW. Construction work for one of the largest offshore wind farms in the USA began in 2021 and will be operational by 2024.
Vineyard Wind 1 is the largest offshore wind power plant currently under construction in the United States of America. Vineyard Wind 1 will have 62 wind turbines, placed 1 nautical mile apart in both east-west and north-south directions. These are General Electric Haliade-X turbines, each capable of producing 13 megawatts of electricity. Iberdrola, through Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), holds a 50% stake in the project.
Vineyard Wind 1 is situated in a federal wind energy zone known as OCS-A-0501. It's located approximately 15 miles south of both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and about 35 miles away from the mainland of Massachusetts. The decision to place it here came about after several years of collaboration between various government bodies, where they carefully analyzed scientific data and listened to input from the public. This location was chosen because it offers strong and consistent wind speeds, as well as excellent conditions for supporting wind turbines.
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