World’s Largest Turbine Planned for Vineyard Wind Project

NEW BEDFORD – Vineyard Wind plans on using the world’s largest commercially available wind turbine in its project off the southern coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

The company says the turbine, the MHI Vestas 9.5 Megawatt machine, can provide enough energy to power 8,000 homes.

Company officials said they are now working on procuring engineering certificates for the turbine.

Vineyard Wind says the capability of the turbine will allow them to trim the number of planned turbines from 106 to 84 at the same time decreasing the project’s footprint by over 20 percent.

“A key to coexistence with the many interests and industries in our oceans is to minimize impacts,” Vineyard Wind CDO Erich Stephens said.

“We are committed to putting as few structures in the water as possible and the Vetsas 9.5 allows us to do exactly that.”

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