Giving the green light to what will be the largest off-shore wind farm in the United States, New York state is committing to green energy. The South Fork Wind Farm will power homes in Long Island, New York, replacing incoming electricity from a nuclear facility slated for decommission by 2021.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has committed New York to 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030, meaning this new 90 MW farm is just the start of things to come.
The South Fork Wind Farm will be located on government land, leased by the company behind the project, Deepwater Wind. After completing a smaller wind project in Rhode Island last year, this new project will be south of Montauk, but out of sight into the ocean. The South Fork Wind Farm will be a fairly small project at first, with just fifteen turbines going up on the parcel large enough to support about two hundred. That’s roughly 256 square miles, if you were interested.
In addition to the wind power ambitions for the state, New York’s goal is to be running at least fifty percent renewable energies by 2030.
We’re pretty excited to see more renewable energy being put to use here in the United States, we hope to see the trend continue with other states around the country. That said, would you be willing to pay an additional $1.19/month on your bill, like the residence of Long Island will have to for their new electricity?