The primary operational wind turbine at South Fork Wind efficiently delivered clear energy to Lengthy Island, New York, making it the primary offshore wind farm in federal waters to start “powering up” in america. Two generators have been put in with one operational sited roughly 35 miles off Montauk with all 12 generators anticipated to be put in by early 2024.
“New York’s nation-leading efforts to generate dependable, renewable clear vitality have reached a serious milestone,” stated Gov. Kathy Hochul. “South Fork Wind will energy 1000’s of properties, create good-paying union jobs and reveal to all that offshore wind is a viable useful resource New York can harness for generations to return.”
This milestone got here two weeks after the set up of New York’s first offshore wind turbine. When full, South Fork Wind will generate roughly 130 MW of renewable vitality, sufficient to energy roughly 70,000 Lengthy Island properties.
“Immediately marks a big step in the direction of implementing Gov. Hochul’s imaginative and prescient of a sustainable and resilient vitality future for New York,” stated Thomas Falcone, Lengthy Island Energy Authority CEO. “Practically eight years within the making, this primary offshore wind turbine producing vitality transforms that imaginative and prescient right into a actuality. LIPA is proud to help this landmark venture on behalf of our 1.2 million clients on Lengthy Island and within the Rockaways.”
First authorized by the LIPA Board of Trustees in 2017, South Fork Wind started building in February 2022, beginning with the onshore export cable system that hyperlinks the venture to the LIPA vitality grid, which was accomplished earlier this yr. The wind farm reached its “metal within the water” milestone in June 2023 with the set up of the venture’s first monopile basis. Van Oord’s offshore set up vessel, the Aeolus, is putting in the generators.
South Fork Wind contains the primary U.S.-built offshore wind substation. Greater than 350 U.S. staff throughout three states supported building of this offshore substation, a topside construction that collects the ability produced by wind generators and connects it to the grid. New York union staff supported its set up offshore.
Lengthy Island-based contractor Haugland Power Group put in the underground duct financial institution system for South Fork Wind’s onshore transmission line and led the development of the venture’s onshore interconnection facility. LS Cable put in and jointed the onshore cables with help from Lengthy Island’s Elecnor Hawkeye.
The onshore cable scope of labor alone created greater than 100 union jobs for Lengthy Island expert trades staff. Roman Stone, additionally on Lengthy Island, manufactured concrete mattresses to guard the undersea cables, and Ljungstrom, positioned in western New York, in partnership with Riggs Distler & Firm, offered specialised structural steelwork.
Immediately’s announcement builds on the governor’s announcement earlier this month, through which New York plans to make the most important state funding in renewable vitality in U.S. historical past. The conditional awards included three offshore wind and 22 land-based renewable vitality initiatives totaling 6.4 GW of fresh vitality, sufficient to energy 2.6 million New York properties and ship roughly 12% of New York’s electrical energy wants as soon as accomplished.
When coupled with two marquee offshore wind blade and nacelle manufacturing services, this portfolio of newly introduced initiatives is anticipated to create roughly 8,300 family-sustaining jobs and spur $20 billion in financial growth investments statewide, together with developer-committed investments to help deprived communities.
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