The American subsidiary of Iberdrola Group successfully installed GE’s first Haliade-X wind turbine in Vineyard Wind marine wind farm, off the coast of Massachusetts, United States. About this the group’s first large offshore project in the country. It will consist of 62 wind turbines with a total power of 806 MW, enough to supply more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the community.
“This is a great achievement and represents pride for US coastal air,” assured the CEO of Avangrid, Pedro Azagra. “Although this is a milestone for this pioneering project in the country and for the industry, we remain focused on the important work ahead. “All to continue the successful campaign to install these large turbines and provide the first power to homes and businesses in Massachusetts this year,” he added.
The largest wind turbine in the Western world
The finished turbine consists of a tower, three blades, and a nacelle. About this largest wind turbine in the Western world. It has a capacity of 13 MW, which can supply power to more than 6,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts.
“Seeing the wind turbine fully built is the realization of the promise of the offshore wind industry. Green jobs, and clean energy to fight the climate crisis and reduce consumer prices. In addition to the successful collaboration between all sectors involved “said the state representative Antonio FD Cabral.
America’s first offshore wind farm
The construction of Vineyard Wind 1 offshore started in late 2022 and its substation, the first offshore in the country, was completed in July of this year. From the beginning, the need to promote the development of the local workforce was given utmost importance. Always ensuring their high qualification and diversity.
The valuable collaboration of union leaders makes this an excellent example of how this industry can be a community acceptance agent for those it serves. For example, promoting quick and sustainable careers, among many other benefits.
The benefits of Vineyard Wind 1
Vineyard Wind 1 is located 15 miles (about 24 km) south of Martha’s Vineyard and 34 miles (about 55 km) south of Cape Cod Peninsula. It is expected to create 3,600 full-time equivalent jobs. Besides, saves 1.4 billion dollars (more than 1.3 billion euros) to customers in the first 20 years of operation. In addition it reduces carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons metrics every year. The equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from the road every year.
Within the Iberdrola Group portfolio, which has 41,250 megawatts of operational renewable energy, it is part of a set of global assets that include marine projects in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.