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Sunrise Wind developer granted over $90 million in tax breaks from the Town of Brookhaven

The U.S. approved a large offshore wind project on Tuesday, advancing a plan to build a turbine installation some 12 nautical miles offshore from Martha's Vineyard, Mass. This photo shows the first offshore wind project in America: the Block Island Wind Farm, off the shores of Block Island, R.I., as seen in 2016.
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The Sunrise Wind farm will be built 30 miles east off Montauk Point, and will begin operating in 2025.

Offshore wind farm developer Orsted has won over $90 million in tax breaks from the Town of Brookhaven for onshore construction and more.

The Sunrise Wind farm will be built 30 miles east off Montauk Point, and will begin operating in 2025.

$87.4 million in tax breaks over 25 years will support an electrical converter station, and an 18 mile-long cable connecting the wind farm to a Holbrook substation.

An additional $2.6 million over 10 years will convert an East Setauket building into an operations center.

Officials from the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, which granted the tax breaks, said it’s a win for the community in a variety of ways. Orsted plans to employ over 2,200 construction workers, and once operational, the farm will power close to 600,000 homes.

In lieu of taxes, it will also pay over $1 million per year for 25 years, going to five school districts, the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, and more.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.