USA’s First Ocean Wind Farm to be Built by Deepwater Wind

December 11, 2009 / No Comments

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Deepwater Wind may be located in the US’s smallest state, but that didn’t stop them from securing a deal to sell power on Thursday. The project’s long-term goals aim to provide power for 15% of the state’s demands, and is scheduled for 20 years. Deepwater Wind will sell electricity generated from up to 8 turbines, totaling a 28 megawatts production.

Rhode Island set a goal for itself to provide 20% of its power from green sources by 2015 earlier this year, and it looks like they’re doing everything they can to achieve that goal. Wind and solar power sources have been the subject of a lot of attention lately, as more and more states utilize such systems to provide their electricity. Rhode Island’s plans are to get the majority of its electricity from offshore wind turbines.

As of now, there aren’t any offshore wind turbine farms in the US, so this project will be the first of its kind. There is another competitor though, Cape Wind, which comprises of 130 turbines with a total cost of $1 billion, and it’s planned to be built off the coast of Massachusetts.

[ Via CNET ]