New York’s First Offshore Wind Farm Halfway Completed

The installation of wind turbines on South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, has reached a halfway point.

According to an update on social media posted by South Fork Wind, developed by Ørsted and Eversource Energy, six of the project’s twelve turbines are now installed and supplying electricity to the Long Island grid.

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Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus installed the first Siemens Gamesa 11 MW wind turbine at the site, located some 56 kilometres east of Montauk Point, at the end of November 2023.

Shortly after this, in early December 2023, the offshore wind farm delivered its first power to the grid.

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Once complete, South Fork Wind will have a generation capacity of 132 MW, enough to power about 70,000 Long Island homes.

The renewable energy from the project will eliminate up to six million tonnes of carbon emissions each year, the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road, according to the project’s developers.

The offshore wind farm is expected to be operational in the first half of this year.


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