The Block Island Wind Farm is a 30 MW offshore wind farm located approximately three miles southeast of Block Island in Rhode Island state waters. The wind farm consists of five Haliade turbines generating over 125,000 MWh annually – enough to power over 17,000 homes. Installed in August 2016, Block Island is America’s first offshore wind farm.
The first offshore wind farm in the United States started producing clean energy in mid-December. Located 13 miles from the coast of Rhode Island, the five turbines will power 17,000 homes, including all the energy necessary to sustain the nearby Block Island. The wind energy industry is the fastest-growing job sector in the country. Despite their popularity in Europe, however, coastal turbines have faced resistance in the U.S. “We have a huge, clean energy resource off of our coast, and to date we have not tapped into it,” Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski told VICE News correspondent Arielle Duhaime-Ross. Read: [More]