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Avangrid, a prominent sustainable energy firm and a subsidiary of the Iberdrola Group, has inaugurated the first large-scale offshore wind substation in the nation. The Vineyard Wind 1 initiative, marks the United States’ maiden venture into large-scale offshore wind farming. The company, along with its key partners, presented an exclusive inaugural glimpse of the innovative substation and construction activities along the Massachusetts coastline.
“This marks another exciting milestone as we move closer to delivering offshore wind power to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Pedro Azagra, Avangrid CEO. “We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to showcase the hard work our team has been putting in behind the scenes to make Vineyard Wind 1 a reality. This project is pioneering the offshore wind industry for the United States and paving the way for the country’s clean energy future.”
Avangrid’s offshore substation for the Vineyard Wind 1 project will collect the electricity produced by its 62 wind turbine generators and transmit it to the onshore power grid using a pair of export cables. Slated to commence power generation before the close of this year, Vineyard Wind 1 will yield 806 MW of eco-friendly, renewable energy, capable of electrifying over 400,000 residences and enterprises in Massachusetts.
This substation marks a significant achievement, being the inaugural installation of its kind in the United States and standing as the largest among the six in the Iberdrola Group’s global portfolio up to this point. Iberdrola has already successfully established substations at its offshore wind farms, including West of Duddon Sands (UK), Wikinger (Germany), East Anglia One (UK), St. Brieuc (France), and Baltic Eagle (Germany).