More than two weeks after New York’s very first offshore wind turbine was completed, it started operating in the first days of December to provide Long Island residents with clean energy, reports Interesting Engineering.
South Fork Wind’s first wind turbine is located about 35 nautical miles from Montauk. The project was jointly developed by the Danish energy company Ørsted and Boston-based Eversource. According to the plans, all 12 turbines of the park will be in place by the beginning of 2024.
The robust 130 megawatt (MW) South Fork Wind Farm is projected to generate enough energy to power 70,000 New York homes.
The facility will deliver clean energy directly into the East Hampton power grid via a single transmission line installed in March.
It’s a positively ⚡️ electric ⚡ day for New York’s clean energy transition — the first wind-powered energy has been delivered to Long Island customers!
This is a major milestone in our work to create good-paying union jobs & build a more sustainable future.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 6, 2023
Kathy Hochul, The governor of New York announced on X that, as a result of the project, there is a chance to overcome up to six million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equivalent to removing 60,000 cars from the roads.