Aug 1 (Renewables Now) - US firm Deepwater Wind on Monday unveiled plans to build a 144-MW wind farm off the Massachusetts coast that will include battery storage capacity supplied by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA).
The project, called Revolution Wind, was proposed under Massachusetts’ Clean Energy request for proposals (RfP), which was launched in response to a state law mandating that local utilities procure around 9.45 TWh of clean, Class 1 renewable energy through long-term contracts. If constructed, Deepwater claims it will be the biggest combined offshore wind and energy storage facility worldwide.
The 144-MW wind farm paired with a 40-MWh battery storage system is planned to be situated in proximity to the 90-MW South Fork wind park off the Long Island coast within Deepwater’s federal lease area off Massachusetts. If approved, construction on the project could be initiated in 2022 and completed in 2023, the developer said, adding it has already begun survey work.
Deepwater has also proposed two other versions of the Revolution wind farm with capacities of 288 MW and 96 MW, respectively. The selected projects under the RfP will be announced at the start of 2018.
Deepwater noted it also plans to submit proposals in an offshore RfP in Massachusetts, in which bids will be accepted by December 2018.