Massachusetts-based wind power developer Vineyard Wind has placed an order for 62 General Electric Haliade-X turbines, moving the company a step closer to bringing online the nation's first commercial-scale offshore wind installation.
GE on Monday announced the deal for the 13-MW offshore turbines, claimed to be the most powerful currently on the market, and said the order was enabled by Vineyard Wind securing a $2.3 billion loan last month to begin construction on the project.
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“We’re pleased to supply the first utility-scale offshore installation in the US, increasing the potential of the turbine to generate more power for our customer," John Lavelle, the president and CEO of Offshore Wind with GE Renewable Energy, said in a statement. "Our Haliade-X technology combined with our innovative digital capabilities means GE is well positioned to support the growth of offshore wind in the US and globally.”
Vineyard Wind will set up its project 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and expects it to begin producing energy in 2023.
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CEO Lars Pedersen said the order means the industry "is no longer just talking about opportunity but delivering it.”
“With the order now placed for GE’s Haliade-X turbines, we are setting the stage for a new industry, one that will create jobs, save ratepayers more than $1 billion and contribute greatly to a reduction in carbon pollution,” Pedersen said.
Once operating, the installation is slated to provide carbon-free power to 400,000 residences and businesses in the state of Massachusetts, according to GE.