Energy & Power
GE says Block Island 30MW offshore wind on track
By Anthony Capkun
March 18, 2016 – GE reports it continues to make progress with assembly of the first part of towers that will be used to support the wind turbines that will comprise America’s first offshore wind farm, expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Led by Deepwater Wind, the Block Island wind farm will use five 6MW GE Haliade turbines to generate 30MW of power, enough to produce around 125,000MWh of electricity, which meets about 90% of Block Island’s electricity demand. Located roughly three miles off the coast of Block Island, the Haliade turbines reach a height of 560 ft with a diameter of 490 ft.
This wind farm is GE’s first offshore wind project since the acquisition of Alstom Power & Grid and the creation of the new GE Renewable Energy business, says the company.
“Deepwater’s Block Island project, being the first offshore farm in the U.S., is a critical stepping stone to tapping the vast offshore resources in the U.S.,” said Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy.