US wind developer Deepwater Wind is racing to start construction on its $250 million 30 MW wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.
In an interview with Reuters, Deepwater Wind’s CEO William Moore said the company is planning to start construction by early 2014 to keep ahead of rival Cape Wind project.
The Block Island wind farm will comprise five of Siemens’ 6 MW turbines, which will generate enough power for around 10,000 homes in Rhode Island.
The US part of National Grid has entered into a power purchase agreement with Deepwater Wind over the output from the wind farm.
Deepwater Wind also has ambitious plans for three other 1000 MW wind farms, each of which could generate enough power some 350,000 homes.
Meanwhile, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has given the go ahead to the 3000 MW onshore Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind Energy project in Wyoming.
The development of 1000 turbines spread over 220,000 acres by Power Company of Wyoming will be the largest in the US once it is completed and one of the largest in the world.
And finally, E.ON Climate & Renewables’ 200 MW Wildcat I Wind Farm in Indiana is under construction, with the installation of 1200 of Vestas 1.8 MW turbines expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Some 100 MW of the output of the wind farm will be purchased by Indiana Michigan Power, sufficient to power more than 60,000 local homes.
Once completed, the project will be E.ON’s 17th in North America, taking its total generating capacity to over 2500 MW.
For further information:
California wind farm starts operations but US wind industry in peril (13-Sept)
US Cape Wind project clears latest hurdle (16-Aug)
US wind energy blows through 50 GW but uncertainty ahead (14-Aug)
Deepwater Wind promises first US offshore wind farm (14-Oct 2011)
12 October 2012