Once the turbine supply order is confirmed, MHI Vestas will begin the process of local hiring and supply chain investment to support the project as it nears the construction phase.
“We are pleased to announce the selection of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred supplier for the United States’ first utility-scale offshore wind farm,” said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.
Vineyard Wind continues to advance through the permitting process toward the onset of construction in 2019 and operations by 2021 following the award and execution of long-term contracts between the company and Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies. When the Vineyard Wind project becomes operational, it will reduce Massachusetts’ carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year, or the equivalent of removing approximately 325,000 cars from state roads while offering a projected $3.7 billion in energy-related cost savings to the New England region over the life of the project.
Massachusetts state law seeks to have 3.2 GW of offshore wind providing electricity to the Commonwealth by 2035, which represents more than 20% of electricity consumed in the state.