Deepwater milestone: R.I. work begins on wind farm project

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Seven years after first proposing to develop wind power in the waters off Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind on Monday marked the start of local construction on its five-turbine Block Island test project, which will become the first offshore wind farm in the nation.

CEO Jeffrey Grybowski and other representatives of the the Providence-based firm were joined by Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation and state business and labor leaders at a celebration at the marine construction firm in the Quonset Business Park that is fabricating pieces of the turbine’s steel foundations.

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