Dominion Energy announced on Wednesday that its $300 million Virginia offshore wind project has successfully completed its reliability testing and is getting closer to beginning commercial operations, Kallanish Energy reports.
The news was hailed as “a monumental day” for Virginia and the growing offshore wind industry in the United States by the company in a statement.
The pilot project must submit final documentation to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to complete its technical review. That is expected to be completed by year-end 2020.
The turbines will remain in operation during that review.
The two-turbine project 27 miles off Virginia Beach, Virginia, is designed to produce 12 megawatts of power. That is enough electricity to power up to 3,000 houses.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project will be the first fully operational wind power generation facility in U.S. federal waters.
Dominion Energy is partnering with Denmark-based Orsted Energy.
Dominion Energy is also working on its giant 2,600-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, an $8 billion venture.
Construction could begin on what has been called the largest offshore wind project in the U.S. in 2024 and it could begin service in 2026,
The project includes about 210 turbines spread across nearly 113,000 acres of federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean near the smaller pilot project.
It would produce enough electricity to power more than 660,000 homes
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