Rhode Island's First Offshore Wind Farm to Begin Construction in 2010

wind turbine construction photo

photo: Martin Pettitt

Just a quick update to a post from back in September. At that time we reported that Deepwater Wind was planning an offshore wind farm in Rhode Island but didn’t provide many details. Well, the location still has yet to be determined, but we can bring you a bit more on the project, which is expected to generate about 15% of the state’s electric needs (we already knew that part...). Here's what we know:Two Phases, First to be Completed by 2012
Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2010, and be done in two phases; the first of which, with a capacity of 20 MW is expected to be completed in 2012. The second phase will begin at unspecified point thereafter, be done in federal waters, and when fully completed be capable of producing up to 1.3 million MWh of electricity annually. This phase is expected to be completed within three years of approval of the Department of Interior.

Total cost for the project is expected to be more than $1.5 billion.

via: Reuters
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