Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built Off Delaware Beach

Some people don't like wind turbines and don't want them in their backyards or neighborhoods. I can't figure out why, as I think they look pretty cool. I see them, and I see the high-tech, clean-energy future.

To get around the people who don't want them in their neighborhoods, Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind have contracted to build a field of 150 wind turbines anchored to the seafloor about a dozen miles from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Delmarva will use less than half of the projected generating capacity of the park, but that amount will provide the power company with 16 percent of its electricity needs.

The project, which will cost approximately $1.6 billion, will include turbines on poles designed to withstand hurricane force winds. The turbines will be centered 250 feet above the waterline and will have three 150-foot blades.

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