VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was in Virginia Beach on Monday to tour the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Pilot Project and sign legislation on renewable energy.
Northam ceremoniously signed the legislation Monday, June 29, at the Virginia Beach Aquarium & Marine Science Center and then went to tour the project about 20 miles off the coast.
This will be the first offshore wind project to be installed in federal waters.
“This project makes Virginia a national leader in America’s transition to renewable energy,” said Northam. “Coupled with newly-signed offshore wind legislation, we are building a new industry that will bring thousands of clean energy jobs to our Commonwealth and grow our economy—all while protecting our environment. This is a significant step forward for workers, for business, and for our planet.”
On May 25, the first turbine foundation was safely and successfully installed on the ocean floor 27 miles off Virginia Beach, and on May 30, the second turbine foundation was installed. The turbines themselves will were set to be installed on the foundations later in June.
The project is the largest in North America with a projected goal providing up to 2,600 megawatts of clean energy by 2026, which is enough electricity to power nearly 650,000 homes.
The turbines will provide enough clean, renewable energy to power 3,000 Virginia households by the end of the year. The program’s goal is to provide about 12-megawatts of energy once fully installed and operational.
“Offshore wind will enable the commonwealth to meet its carbon reduction and 100% clean energy goals, and it will provide thousands of Virginians with good, family-supporting career-length jobs. Virginia’s development is particularly exciting as it marks the first offshore wind project in federal waters, cementing our position as a mid-Atlantic hub for the industry,” said Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Offshore Energy Program Director Eileen Woll.
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