Photos of first foundation being installed

A historic moment for Block Island
Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:15pm

Deepwater Wind provided The Block Island Times with photos of the "lift" of foundation one of the Block Island Wind Farm into the water on Sunday, July 26. The moment of placing the foundation on the sea floor is called "steel in the water."

The foundation is now sitting in 90 feet of water, three miles off of the southeast coast of Block Island. When the second component, the platform deck, is added atop the foundation, the structure will stand approximately 60 feet above the waterline. Construction of the five foundations is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

The wind turbine components, which include three 240 foot blades apiece that will be affixed atop the foundations, are scheduled to be installed during the summer of 2016. The five wind turbine structures that will comprise the Block Island Wind Farm will stand about 600 feet tall and be spaced 2,000 feet apart.

The $290 million dollar 30-megawatt wind farm pilot project will deliver enough energy to power 17,000 homes and will be connected to the mainland via the National Grid owned $107 million transmission cable. Deepwater Wind has said that they plan to unveil the fully operational wind farm in the fall of 2016.

Deepwater WInd Project Manager Bryan Wilson will be giving an update on the wind farm at the Block island Maritime Institute (BIMI) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4.

Learn more about the Block Island Wind Farm project in The Block Island Times.