First contract won in offshore North Carolina wind energy auction

First contract won in offshore North Carolina wind energy auction

An area spanning well over 100,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina has gone under the hammer, with Avangrid Renewables submitting a winning US$9 million bid for a 1.2GW wind facility.

In one of Barack Obama’s last moves as US President, he set aside 122,405 acres of offshore territory for wind energy development, which will now be subject to further bids from renewable energy companies.

An Iberdrola spokesperson said: “It’s without any doubt a very important milestone for Iberdrola’s offshore business since the US coastal conditions are suitable for this technology both in terms of wind resource as well as water depths.”

The wind facility will be built in the Kitty Hawk lease area, subject to a number of public and environmental reviews.

Iberdrola-backed Avangrid recently completed the state’s first onshore wind farm, the Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East, in Northeast North Carolina.

The wind farm has a 208MW capacity and powers a nearby Amazon Web Services data centre with enough energy for the consumption of 61,000 homes per year.

North Carolina’s offshore wind energy potential was first recognised in August 2014, when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management identified three suitable areas, including the Kitty Hawk zone.