The U.S. has given the go-ahead for the construction of the nation's first offshore wind energy farm by Fall.
The Department of the Interior approved plans the Construction and Operations Plan for the Cape Wind Energy Project off the coast of Massachusetts. It is expected to take two years to complete.
We are even closer towards ushering in our Nation's first offshore wind energy facility while increasing jobs, said Ken Salazar, secretary of the Interior Department.
The approval came after a thorough review of environmental impacts meant to see if there had been any significant impacts from a previous review in 2009.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said states up and down the East Coast are looking to Massachusetts with envy as we launch this brand new American industry.
The project calls for 130 win turbine generators able to produce 3.6 megawatts. The blades on each generator can be as high as 440 feet to be arranged in a grid pattern in Nantucket Sound, off Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket island.