Welcome! And thank you for taking some time to learn about Mayflower Wind and our emerging presence in the SouthCoast. With its close proximity to offshore wind energy areas, maritime workforce, and high-functioning port infrastructure, the SouthCoast is well suited to attract an offshore wind industry cluster, well-paying jobs, and investments. Fall River and New Bedford are the anchors of Mayflower Wind’s activity.
Our offshore wind lease area, which is located 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 miles south of Nantucket has the potential to generate more than 2,000 MW of clean renewable energy which is enough to power nearly 800,000 homes.
Mayflower Wind on the SouthCoast
State Representatives Paul Schmid, Steven Howitt, and Alan Silvia; State Senator Michael Rodrigues; Michael Brown (Mayflower Wind); State Representative Carole Fiola; Kelsey Perry (Mayflower Wind)
Rendering by Stull and Lee, Boston, MA
We are proud to open our office in downtown Fall River. The office location at 99 South Main Street is a short walk to the Fall River waterfront and a convenient drive to New Bedford. Mayflower Wind will have regular office hours for interested individuals and groups to stop by, meet with staff and learn more about the project and opportunities with the company.
Investing in the ports and coastal infrastructure of Southeastern Massachusetts will build a firm foundation for the offshore wind industry. Mayflower Wind is committed to locating port facility operations in locations that offer cost-effective returns for the project while supporting the SouthCoast’s long-term growth and development goals.
Mayflower Wind’s operations & maintenance (O&M) base will be a new landmark on the Fall River waterfront, providing an anchor for offshore wind related development. We intend to redevelop six acres of land on the Fall River waterfront to accommodate and support continuous 24/7 operations. Facilities will be equipped with a shoreside cargo crane for the lifting of large wind turbine components.
There will be several hundred permanent, high quality, long term jobs operating and maintaining the offshore wind farm – all based at the Fall River facility, a few with desks, some working in the warehouse, and the majority traveling out to the offshore wind lease area regularly, either on the Fall River based service operations vessel (SOVs), on which workers live on-board for weeks at a time, or the New Bedford based crew transfer vessels (CTVs) that will shuttle back and forth on a daily basis.
Mayflower Wind has also signed a lease agreement to utilize the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging and deployment base during the project’s construction.
Brayton Point’s robust grid infrastructure and waterfront location in Somerset make it an ideal interconnection location for offshore wind. The project will use state-of-the-art high voltage direct current technology that minimizes marine cabling, reduces energy losses, and strengthens the New England grid. Mayflower Wind’s use of the existing grid connection will help set in motion the development of supporting infrastructure at Brayton Point needed to revitalize the former coal plant site.
New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal
What does the future look like?
Mayflower Wind is already active on the SouthCoast. We are members of the One SouthCoast Chamber and supported several educational institutions, training and fisheries programs.
Mayflower Wind is committed to provide energy-saving, affordable, and quality housing to the SouthCoast community. Working with Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity, we aim to invest in 40 homes over the next decade that will deliver substantial energy savings and assist the area’s low-income residents.
We are committed to the communities of the SouthCoast region. We anticipate being an active participant and supporter of local organizations, educational institutions, as well as keeping all residents and businesses informed about our efforts. Furthermore, Mayflower Wind is actively seeking opportunities to partner with additional local businesses on the SouthCoast. We encourage interested and suppliers to register with us.
Mayflower Wind has pledged to have a diverse and inclusive workforce that includes developing programs to recruit, train, and retain as well as procurement/contracting opportunities for women, people of color, indigenous people, veterans, LGBT, and people living with disabilities.
Through partnerships with Bristol Community College/National Offshore Wind Institute and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, we aim to offer training to Massachusetts residents at every level of the offshore wind industry – from turbine installation, operation and maintenance, to project management – in order to equip tomorrow’s offshore wind workers, especially for the benefit of local communities. Our investments in entrepreneurial initiatives will spur new technologies, services, and businesses as part of a regional blue economy cluster.