Vineyard Wind has signed a lease at Barnum Landing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to use the property as a construction and staging location for the 804 MW Park City Wind project.
Vineyard Wind has also selected a location in downtown Bridgeport to serve as the Connecticut headquarters for the company’s offshore wind project.
”We are excited to announce the signing of leases for both our Connecticut headquarters and the construction and staging site for our Park City Wind project,” said Vineyard Wind Deputy CEO Sy Oytan.
”The offshore wind industry can help transform Bridgeport’s waterfront into a hub for a new and growing industry. By taking important steps like this today, we can lay a larger foundation for the jobs of tomorrow.”
The Park City Wind office will be located at 350 Fairfield Avenue and will be home to more than a dozen employees focused on project development, community outreach, and workforce development. The office is expected to open this summer with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony.
”This headquarters opening in Bridgeport represents some of the best examples of what we’re doing at the state level to invest in our cities and make our state a leader when it comes to our climate,” said Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont.
”These investments will lead to good jobs and cleaner energy. It’s an exciting moment for Bridgeport and our state’s future.”
Barnum Landing, a 15-acre parcel located at 525 Seaview Avenue, will be used during the construction phase of the Park City Wind project, which will include storage and assembly of the transition pieces, the portion of the turbine that anchors the body of the machines to the steel foundation. Once construction is completed, Vineyard Wind intends to use three acres of the port site for an operations and maintenance hub that will support local jobs for the 20-plus year lifespan of the project.
The Park City Wind project was selected by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in December of 2019 to provide 804 MW of energy to the state.
The project, which will provide roughly 14 per cent of the state’s electricity supply, represents the largest purchase of renewable energy in state history and is expected to include an estimated USD 890 million in direct economic development in Connecticut and support 2,800 full-time equivalent (FTE) job years.
Vineyard Wind is a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). AVANGRID is headquartered in Orange, Connecticut.