Boston, MA, USA
November 27, 2018
MHI Vestas to bring industry-leading V164-9.5 MW turbine to the US market as Massachusetts sets the pace in the burgeoning offshore wind industry.
After many years of anticipation and watchful eyes from around the globe, the US offshore wind market has reached commercial scale.
Vineyard Wind, the 800 MW project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, took a major step forward today in naming MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred wind turbine supplier for the project.
“We are pleased to announce the selection of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred supplier for the United States’ first utility-scale wind farm,” said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind. “MHI Vestas shares Massachusetts’ strategic commitment to affordable offshore wind power and sustainable energy solutions that will benefit future generations. By driving down the cost of energy through reliable wind turbine technology, MHI Vestas is the perfect partner for our company and the Commonwealth.”
“We feel honoured to have been selected as preferred supplier for the first large-scale offshore wind project in the US,” said MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan. “In bringing the V164-9.5 MW, the world’s most powerful wind turbine, to Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind ensures that the Commonwealth will be home to our most recent technology that is extremely well suited to conditions along the eastern seaboard. We look forward to partnering with Vineyard Wind to help Massachusetts achieve its climate targets and bring clean energy jobs to the region.”
The 800 MW offshore wind project, scheduled for installation in 2021, is large enough to serve as a catalyst for the build-up of a local supply chain in the region. Once the turbine supply order is confirmed, MHI Vestas will begin the process of local hiring and supply chain investment to support the project as it nears the construction phase.
In announcing MHI Vestas as preferred turbine supplier today, Vineyard Wind advances the ambitious vision of Massachusetts and Governor Charlie Baker, who announced in 2016 that the state will procure 1.6 GW of offshore wind energy by 2026.
Today’s announcement comes as Massachusetts advances its leadership in the integration of offshore wind energy to help replace decommissioned coal power plants. Massachusetts state law seeks to have 3.2 GW of offshore wind providing electricity to the Commonwealth by 2035, which represents more than 20% of electricity consumed in the state.
For further information contact:
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
T: +45 8844 8950
T: +1 617-939-6582
About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment. For more information, see mhivestasoffshore.com or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.
About Vineyard Wind
• Developer: Vineyard Wind, LLC (50% owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and 50% by Avangrid Renewables)
• Installation: 2021
• Power output: 800 MW
• Turbines: V164-9.5 MW from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (Preferred Supplier)
• Homes Powered: equivalent of 450,000 Massachusetts homes
• Location: South of Martha’s Vineyard
• Distance from shore: 14 miles
• Expected life: 20 years
• Energy savings: Offers $3.7 billion in energy-related cost savings over the life of the project
• CO2 reduction: Eliminates 1.68 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually (equivalent of taking 325,000 cars off the road)