WINDSdays is the new name for Wednesdays in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads. An energetic group of citizens is leading a movement to build a culture around clean energy, a green environment and the power of wind, all inspired by a pair of large offshore wind projects off the coasts of Virginia Beach and Kitty Hawk, NC
27 miles off the coastline, Dominion Energy plans to construct 178 turbines, each rising 800 feet above the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind, or CVOW as it’s called, is the first and will be the largest offshore renewable energy project in federal waters. And once it’s up and running in 2026, generating 2,640 megawatts of electricity to power some 650,000 homes, how the world views our city and surrounding community will change forever.
Now imagine a second project, also 27 miles offshore, able to support 2,500 MW of electricity generation, enough to power 700,000 homes. That’s what’s in the works for a 122,405-acre lease site off Kitty Hawk, NC. The developer will be Avangrid Renewables, a part of the IBERDROLA Group, an energy pioneer with one of the largest renewable asset bases in the world.
The power from both the CVOW and Avangrid turbines will come ashore in Virginia Beach where it will connect into the nation’s electric grid. The world will be watching these two developments, which because of their size and impact could well position Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads as the capital of clean energy in America, welcoming manufacturers, hosting thought leaders and training talented individuals for well-paying jobs and satisfying careers.
WINDSdays Warriors are busy working with individuals and organizations from across the public and private sectors to develop programs and communications, geared at raising awareness of CVOW and the benefits it can bring to education, recreation, economic development, the environment, tourism and even entertainment. And to focus the activity on WINDSdays.
On WINDSdays, look for more kites and pinwheels, wind chimes and Instagram posts, media coverage and restaurant specials, all to encourage us to live cleaner and greener and recognize the power of wind. So if you’re a retailer or a restaurant owner, a car dealer or a teacher, a parent, a politician or anyone who favors clean energy, consider what you can do or share on WINDSdays to bring attention to this new industry and our good fortune to host it.
“I’m thrilled to serve on the Mayor’s Commission for Offshore Wind and Clean Energy but even more proud to educate viewers on this amazing project and how they can embrace it.”
“We are so excited about offshore wind and particularly WINDSdays. Virginia Beach is a very welcoming city, but being able to tell visitors about our offshore wind project will make us an even better destination.”
“Wind has such an impact on our lives, particularly on football, golf, swimming and other sports and recreation activities we play. Now it’s going to power our homes. Our Commission will talk about wind and sports on WINDSdays through social media. We’re all in.”
“The environmental community is psyched about offshore wind and proud to do whatever we can on WINDSdays and every day of the week to make everyone aware of the value of this new carbon free industry and the economic opportunities it can create.”