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The Brooklyn News: Brooklyn Paper: Sunset Park to house massive offshore wind turbine assembly plant

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Sunset Park’s South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will become an enormous new wind turbine assembly plant funded in part by New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday morning.

“This is our path forward in stimulating the economy post-pandemic, and leading the way on protecting the environment,” the governor said during his annual State of the State address. 

The 73-acre port, located just west of Industry City, will use parts that are manufactured upstate to assemble wind turbines the height of the Chrysler Building, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The turbines will be shipped to three offshore wind farms off the coast of Long Island, which together will generate a total of 3.3 megawatts of energy for the state — enough to power more than 1.8 million homes for a year.

The entire project will be operated by Norwegian energy company, Equinor, in partnership with British Petroleum.

Two of Equinor’s wind farms were given the green light on Wednesday by NYSERDA, which asked energy companies to submit offshore wind proposals in October. As part of its proposal, Equinor named the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as the site of the wind turbine assembly plant for both wind farms.

The Sunset Park site will also assembly turbines for a third Equinor wind farm that the state approved last year, which will extend 15 to 30 miles southeast of Long Island. 

As part of the winning bid, the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is slated to receive $200 million in infrastructure upgrades from the state, according to the solicitation. The state’s funding will be matched by $200 million in private funds, totaling $400 million to the dilapidated space into a state-of-the-art port facility.

At 73 acres, the assembly plant will be one of the largest in the country, Equinor said. The port, which is slated to be up and running by 2025, will create 1,200 local manufacturing jobs, Cuomo said. 

Those jobs will be a life-saver for Sunset Park, which has been hard-hit by COVID-19, one local environmentalist said.

‘This is good news part for a com that has been dealing with a loss of income, that’s on the brink of despair,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre, the executive director of the environmentalist group Uprose. “It’s really good news that there are going to be jobs. These victories are very important.”

The new wind farms also mark an important step in reaching the state’s ambitious goals in the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires that 70 percent of New York State’s energy be renewable by 2030.

“Today’s announcement will bring New York nearly half-way to its nation-leading target of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind generating capacity by 2035, and will contribute to President-elect Biden’s goal of 100% carbon-free emissions from the electricity generating sector by 2050,” said the clean energy coalition New York Offshore Wind Alliance in a statement. 

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