Wind farm project to announce installation schedule Monday

Workers unloading turbine blades at ProvPort for the Block Island wind farm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As Deepwater Wind gets ready to put together the first offshore wind farm in the United States about three miles off of Block Island, they’re ramping up publicity.

Monday, the wind power company will host Gov. Gina Raimondo and other local leaders at the site at ProvPort where major wind farm components are being staged, or laid out prior to hitting the high seas for assembly. Most of them, including General Electric-made “Haliade” turbines, have already had long journeys on the ocean; the turbines are made in France, and the huge, 240-foot-long turbine blades in Denmark.

Thursday night, Deepwater Wind posted a picture to its Facebook page of the nacelles — which cover the generator, gearbox, drive train and brake assembly of each turbine — being transported.

Monday’s tour will also include the release of a schedule for the construction of the wind turbines in the coming weeks.

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