The first offshore wind monopile or turbine foundation in U.S. federal waters has been installed in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia, Kallanish Energy has learned.
A second monopile is to be installed within a few days, Offshore Wind reported.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project is being developed by Dominion Energy and Denmark-based Orsted Energy.
Construction started last June on the $300 million project that calls for two 6-megawatt turbines in the Atlantic Ocean about 27 miles east of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The test project is expected to begin operations in December 2020 and generate enough electricity to power 3,000 homes at peak, the company has said.
The foundations and transition pieces were produced in Europe and shipped to the United States via Halifax, Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada.
The five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island was built in state, not federal, waters by Deepwater Wind.
Dominion Energy is also working on its giant 2,600-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, an $8 billion venture.
It has been described as the largest offshore wind project in the United States, Construction could start in 2024 and it could begin service by the end of 2026.
It would include about 210 turbines on nearly 113,000 acres of federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean near the smaller pilot project.
It would produce enough zero-carbon electricity to power about 650,000 homes.
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