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America's first offshore wind farm

The Block Island Wind Farm is leading the way for offshore wind power development in the US.

Opportunity

In the summer of 2016, a state-of-the-art jack-up vessel traveled from France to Rhode Island, carrying five nacelles for the Block Island Wind Farm. The first project of its kind in the US, the 30-megawatt wind farm now generates enough power for more than 17,000 homes.

Solution

We were the lender’s technical advisor and owner's engineers for the project. On behalf of the developer Deepwater Wind, we provided feasibility studies, conceptual design, cost estimates, public relations, and permitting services.

Outcome

The Block Island facility is a demonstration project, but its success has set in motion the development of a further 300 megawatts of wind capacity off the coast of Rhode Island, and the potential of many more gigawatts of US offshore wind projects.

According to the New York Times, many people hope this marks “the start of a new American industry, one that could eventually make a huge contribution to reducing the nation’s climate-changing pollution.” The Times noted that nearly two dozen offshore wind farms are on the drawing board.

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