An ‘Awesome’ View At America’s First Offshore Wind Farm | The Daily 360 | The New York Times

This is the first offshore wind farm in the United States It's still small

Only five turbines But can power about 17,000 homes on Block Island, about four miles away That guy in the orange helmet is Paul Murphy He's a civil engineer who helped design the Block Island wind farm and does routine inspections, like you see here He says this project could just be the beginning of what's to come

Onshore wind farm technician is the fastest growing job in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics And Mr Murphy predicts the trend will expand to offshore, sites as well and create thousands of jobs as the industry grows

For now, Block Island is the testing ground for the future of offshore wind farming And working here, Mr Murphy says, comes with one obvious perk My first thought is when I step on the helideck and you're 330 feet above the sea looking at these turbines it's a pretty awesome sight It's awesome because it's a real engineering achievement

And I think this is a real environmental achievement

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