First Large-scale Offshore Wind Farm Planned for U.S. East Coast

General Electric has been named as the turbine supplier for the first "commercial scale" offshore wind farm to be built in the U.S.


NSFW    MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASSACHUSETTS — The first "commercial scale" offshore wind farm is coming to the U.S.

The developers of the Vineyard Wind 1 project off Massachusetts announced on Dec. 1 that they will use General Electric's massive Haliade-X wind turbines, the largest and most powerful offshore wind turbines in the world.

According to GE, each 13 MW Haliade-X turbine is capable of generating 312 megawatt-hours in one day. The turbine stands at 853 feet, or 260 meters tall. GE says a single spin of its 722-foot, or 220 meter, rotor can power a home for two days.

Vineyard Wind has leased a 160,000-acre area 15 miles from the south coast of Martha's Vineyard, an island off Massachusetts, according to the company's website.

Vineyard Wind 1 will consist of 62 Haliade-X turbines spaced at least eight-tenths of a mile apart.

The 800 MW project will power about 400,000 houses in New England and should go online in 2023.
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