Wind Farm will soon be spinning

Says Deepwater Wind
Mon, 07/25/2016 - 3:00pm

PORT OF PROVIDENCE: "These wind turbine blades will soon be spinning."

That's what one local television reporter said while standing in front of the 15 newly fabricated wind turbine blades at an event hosted by Deepwater Wind at the Port of Providence on Monday, July 25. The event, which was attended by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and several Deepwater Wind officials, signaled the commencement of the final stage of construction for the Block Island Wind Farm project.

Sitting at the temporary construction facility at ProvPort amidst sunny skies and windy conditions were the wind turbine blades and the 15 towers sections that will comprise the Block Island Wind Farm. The nacelles, the power generating component that will sit atop the towers, and is the final piece needed for construction, will be arriving from France around the first of August.

Gov. Raimondo remarked that when the nacelles arrive in Rhode Island they will be "bringing prosperity." She noted that the wind farm project has created over 300 jobs. "Rhode Island's Block Island Wind Farm is the first offshore wind farm of its kind in America. I love it when Rhode Island is first," she said.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski said,"This is a really important day for us. America's first offshore wind farm is in the final stages of construction and it is on schedule. By the first of September the wind farm will be ready to spin its blades."

Gyrbowski also told The Block Island Times that when he learned of the fire over the weekend at the Block Island Power Company that his first concern was safety. Grybowski said that he was happy that power was restored as quickly as possible.

Learn more about this story in this week's edition of The Block Island Times.