(WWL) First offshore wind farm in North America has Louisiana roots

(Article by WWL) Construction on the nation's first offshore wind project began this week, as steel went into the water Monday off the coast of Rhode Island.


The structures for the Block Island Wind Farm were designed by Keystone Engineering in Metairie and then fabricated by Gulf Island Fabrication in Houma.


The wind farm will provide renewable energy to an island which currently relies exclusively on diesel fuel ferried to it from the mainland.


Block Island Wind Farm will be a 30 MW, 5-turbine project in state waters three miles off the coast. The wind farm is expected to save local residents up to 40 percent on energy bills, add $42 million in net benefits to Rhode Island's economy, and lower carbon pollution by 40,000 tons per year.


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