Siemens Gamesa and Dominion Energy subsidiary Dominion Energy Virginia are taking the next steps forward with the delivery of offshore wind turbines at the 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind commercial project. An agreement has been reached planning to use 176 units of the large SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine for an expected 10-year service agreement. The agreement is subject to customary conditions, including required governmental permitting.
All items are anticipated to be successfully closed by Q1 2023. Installation of the mammoth project in waters off the coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia is expected to begin in 2024.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind commercial project will also provide a large springboard toward realizing the goal established by the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which requires Virginia to have 100% clean energy by 2045. The project will begin contributing to this upon completion, which is scheduled by 2026.
“This agreement is historic for many reasons, most notably as the next step towards the planned deployment of our flagship SG 14-222 direct-drive turbine,” says Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit. “It also brings our planned offshore wind turbine blade finishing facility in Portsmouth, Va., one step closer to reality – the first in the colossal U.S. offshore market. Perhaps more importantly, this marks the point where we prove that as the leaders of the offshore revolution, we begin to write history for a cleaner, greener environment in the United States.”
Once online, the project is expected to provide enough clean energy to power up to 660,000 homes at rated wind speed.
“Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy brings decades of experience as the global leader in wind turbine technology to our Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project,” mentions Joshua Bennett, Dominion Energy’s vice president of offshore wind. “Siemens Gamesa is a valued partner on our two-turbine pilot project and will look forward to continued success as we work together to make commercial offshore wind a reality for our Virginia customers.”
The first offshore wind project to be built in U.S. federal waters, the 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind commercial project utilizes Siemens Gamesa’s 6 MW SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines with 154-meter rotors. The pilot project has been in operation since October 2020 and is located within a research lease area adjacent to the commercial project site.
“We are delighted to be partnering Dominion Energy on this milestone development, making a significant addition to Virginia’s quest for 100 percent clean energy through our state-of-the-art turbines,” adds Steve Dayney, head of Offshore North America at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “With completion of the development set for 2026, Virginia is setting the standard for rapid decarbonization and energy transition, against which other states will judge their success. Virginia will rightly be able to boast that it has achieved utility-scale energy generation in just a few years, whereas entire countries took decades.”