Number Nine Wind Farm will produce up to 250 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 109,000 average Rhode Island homes with clean energy each year.
Ensures low-cost, fixed-price renewable energy for Rhode Island ratepayers.
Adds diversity to Rhode Island’s renewable energy mix, which currently relies on solar and offshore wind.
Helps Rhode Island achieve its goal of increasing the supply of energy from renewable sources to 1,000 megawatts.
EDP Renewables, Number Nine’s parent company, is one of the leading developers of onshore wind and solar in the country, so Rhode Islanders can rest assured that this project will be operated at the highest standards throughout its life.
Number Nine would be the largest operating onshore wind farm in New England, requiring a highly skilled workforce to operate the site. EDP Renewables has established a partnership with the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) to develop and train wind technicians for the renewable energy future.
Number Nine will save more than 383 million gallons of water each year, and will displace carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Wind energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions enabled by Number Nine Wind Farm is the equivalent of taking more than 122,000 cars off the road each year.
Number Nine Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses such as forestry, recreation, and hunting, and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars will be paid to the wind farm’s landowners through the life of the project. These supportive landowners participate in long-term lease and easement agreements that cover turbines, access roads, and transmission corridors.
• It is one of the lowest-cost forms of energy generation in the world.
• It is the cheapest form of renewable energy compared to offshore wind farms, solar and nuclear power sources.
• The infrastructure necessary to transmit electricity from onshore turbines is considerably less expensive than that of offshore.
• Onshore wind often has the benefit of being close to existing electrical grids, reducing the environmental impacts associated with building new electrical grids.
• Onshore wind energy is generated closer to the consumer, and the shorter distance allows for less voltage drop-off (wasted energy) on the cabling.
• More jobs are created per unit of electricity generated from onshore wind and other renewable energy sources than from fossil fuels.