Offshore wind farm construction underway as power expected to flow this fall
BOURNE, Mass. — History is being made, and can now be seen, off the coast of Cape Cod.
The first large-scale commercial offshore wind farm in the county is now under construction.
Vineyard Wind is being built about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Sy Oytan, Avangrid CEO for offshore wind told Boston 25 News that this is a massive undertaking from an engineering, permitting, and environmental science perspective.
The price tag for the project is $4 billion.
“The wind turbines we’re installing here will be the biggest in the world,” Oytan said.
The turbines will site on foundations that are now starting to pop up out of the ocean.
A nautical mile will separate each one to make it is easier for boats to navigate around them.
“Massachusetts, unlike Texas or some states in the mid-west, doesn’t have land for onshore solar or onshore wind to build renewable energy capacity,” Oytan explained.
Right now, cables from the shore are being connected to the massive power station that sits over the water. It’s about the size of a football field.
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