The nation’s largest off-shore wind farm is slated to be built off the coast of Long Island, New York State officials announced Thursday.
The wind farm is made up of two projects. The first, the Sunrise Wind Project, located east of Long Island, will be developed by Orsted — a Danish company — and Eversource. The second project, the Empire Wind Project, located 14 miles southeast of Manhattan, will be developed by Equinor, a Norwegian company, officials said.
“These are not just proposals, they’re not just ideas,” Gov. Cuomo told reporters during a news conference Thursday. “The agreements we sign today will start moving on these projects now.“
The Sunrise project will provide 880 megawatts of power to LI and the Empire project will develop 816 megawatts to New York City.
The projects are projected to generate $3.2 billion in economic activity and generate 1,600 construction and permanent jobs.
Construction of the on-shore facilities will begin in 2022, off-shore construction will begin in late-2022, and the projects will be completed by 2024, officials said.
Officials also announced that New York will provide $20 million to develop a state-of-the-art wind training program to train workers.