VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Dominion Energy's Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project is the first offshore wind initiative in the mid-Atlantic.
Construction for the project began on July 1. It will bring an important new source of renewable energy to Virginia customers.
The activity marks the first construction work on the two 6-megawatt wind turbines, which will power 3,000 homes at peak.
“The Virginia offshore wind demonstration project is another powerful example of the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in renewable energy,” said Governor Northam. “As the first deployment of commercial-scale offshore wind turbines in federal waters, I am thrilled that Virginia’s project will help determine best practices for future offshore wind construction along the East Coast.”
Dominion Energy anticipates the two turbines should be in operation by late 2020.
It would be only the second offshore wind project in the nation and the first owned by an electric utility company. Along with clean energy, it will provide Dominion Energy valuable experience in managing offshore wind resources.
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Dominion Energy anticipates $1.1 billion in offshore wind investments through 2023.
“These onshore construction activities are another major milestone in our plan to bring offshore wind to the Commonwealth and are a sign of our commitment to bring more renewable energy to our customers,” said Dominion Energy Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell, II.