The Port of Albany has been selected as the home base for New York State’s first wind tower manufacturing site.
An estimated 350 long-term jobs are expected to be created to produce components for 150 off-shore wind towers annually as part of the state’s plan to become a powerhouse in terms of wind energy. Another 500 construction jobs are predicted by the port’s required expansion southward into the Town of Bethlehem to accommodate the new facility.
The successful joint bid from energy company Equinor and wind tower manufacturers Marmen (in North America) and Welcon (based in Denmark) includes the port’s expansion.
As part of the plan, two offshore wind farms that will yield a combined 2,490 megawatts of carbon-free energy, will be constructed and expected to result in another $8.9 billion in state investments. The establishment of staging facilities/operations or maintenance services at other New York State ports is also in the works. A total of 5,600 jobs is anticipated.