People in Long Island, New York celebrated after the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) approved plans for an offshore wind energy project that is stated to be the largest of its kind in the US as of yet.

Upon completion, the project would prove the viability of large offshore wind energy facilities, using 15 turbines to generate around 90 mW of power. Giving his opinion on the project, Kit Kennedy of the Natural Resources Defense Council said:

“By taking this first step and committing New York to move forward with enough offshore wind power to light 1.25 million homes by 2030, Gov. Cuomo has positioned New York state to be the leader in realizing the infrastructure, jobs and economic development benefits of the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry.”

The company that was awarded the contract for building the facility is Deepwater Wind, which also built a similar project in Rhode Island, New England. According to the firm’s CEO, Jeff Grybowski, the cost of the project is $740 million.

The project is part of the state’s plans to develop up to 2,400 mW of offshore wind power by the end of the next 10 years to satisfy the energy needs of more than one million homes.

Expressing his commitment to embracing clean energy, LIPA CEO Thomas Falcone stated, “The most exciting thing is it’s a gateway project. It’s the first step. It is our first project. It is the first project for New York, it’s the largest project to date, but it’s not our last project and it will not be the largest project.”