Feb 3 (Renewables Now) - The 20.7-MW demonstration-scale Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie has submitted an application with Ohio regulators.
The application, filed on February 1, is from Icebreaker Wind Inc. The latter was "formed through the collaboration" of Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), the original developer of the project, and Fred Olsen Renewables, which in 2015 set up shop in Cleveland, Ohio to develop, build and operate the facility.
The first freshwater offshore wind project in North America, which was conceived with the idea to help kickstart a Great Lakes offshore wind industry, will have six MHI Vestas turbines of 3.45 MW. It will use mono bucket foundations, designed to withstand loads from waves, wind and ice.
The developer expects that the Ohio Power Siting Board will approve its application this year. Construction is seen to begin in May 2018, with the facility to start operations by November 2018.
The project has obtained a lease from the state of Ohio for the site off the coast of Cleveland, in Cuyahoga county. According to the application, two-thirds of its output will be sold to CPP (Cleveland Public Power) under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The remainder will be sold in the wholesale market or under bilateral PPAs.
Icebreaker Wind said that in parallel with the current filing, it continues "to work with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Coast Guard, and other state agencies in many related but separate processes involving permits and reviews."
The project has secured almost USD 51 million (EUR 47m) in federal support.
(EUR 1.0 = EUR 0.927)