November 28 (Renewables Now) - MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been selected as the preferred wind turbine supplier for the 800-MW Vineyard project off the coast of Massachusetts.
The complex, which will be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the US, is expected to use 84 units of MHI Vestas’ V164-9.5 MW machines, project developer Vineyard Wind said on Tuesday.
The scheme is currently undergoing a permitting process and is expected to be completed by 2021. Vineyard Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, plans to launch construction of the facility 15 miles (24 km) south of Martha's Vineyard next year. Long-term contracts with Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies are already in place.
Vineyard Wind was in May selected as the winner in Massachusetts' solicitation for up to 800 MW of offshore wind capacity. Its wind farm will generate electricity and renewable energy certificates (RECs) at a total levelised price of USD 0.065 (EUR 0.058) per kWh over the 20-year term of the contracts, which are for the project's two phases, each of 400 MW.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.885)