Avangrid, member of the Iberdrola Group, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have announced completing an installation of the first GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) for the Vineyard Wind 1 project.
The completed turbine includes one tower, three blades, and one nacelle, while the fully assembled machine holds a nameplate capacity of 13 MW to power more than 6,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts.
“This is a monumental achievement and a proud day for offshore wind in the United States that proves this industry is real and demonstrates Avangrid’s steadfast commitment to helping the Northeast region meet its clean energy and climate goals,” said Avangrid CEO Pedro Azagra. “While this is a landmark for this first-in-the-nation project and the industry, we remain focused on the important work ahead to continue the successful installation campaign of these massive turbines and deliver the first power to Massachusetts homes and businesses this year.”
The project, consisting of 62 wind turbines, will generate 806 MW, enough to power more than 400,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts.
The project, located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, will create 3,600 Full-Time Equivalent job years and save customers $1.4 billion over the first 20 years of operation.
“To see the fully constructed Wind Turbine Generator is to realize the promise of the Offshore Wind industry – clean, green jobs; new green energy to combat the climate crisis and reduce rates for consumers; and the successful collaboration between our public, private, and Labor partners,” said State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral.
It is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million metric tons per year, equivalent to removing 325,000 cars from the roads annually.