ATLANTIC CITY — South Jersey’s off-shore wind project is five years away from being operational, but public meetings are already being held to satisfy people’s curiosity.
Orsted, the Danish power company, was selected to develop a 1,100-megawatt wind project off the coast of the resort.
Even though the company opened an office in May, it held its first meeting in the city about the project Monday with about 50 people in attendance at Stockton University’s academic center here.
Orsted constructed the world’s first wind farm in 1991, Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm off an island in Denmark, and built this country’s first wind farm in 2016 off the coast of Rhode Island, said Kris Ohleth, senior stakeholder relations manager of Orsted.
“One thousand, one hundred megawatts is the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S. to date,” Ohleth said. “It will power over a half a million New Jersey homes.”
The wind farm has both an offshore and an onshore component. The offshore aspect with the wind turbine generators will be 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City to minimize the visual and environmental impact, Ohleth said.
There will be a substation on land, but a final decision on exactly where it will be built has not been determined, said Ohleth after her presentation.
The three possibilities are the places where the first three public meetings are being held: the resort on Monday, Ocean City on Tuesday and Waretown, Ocean Township, on Wednesday.
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One of the reasons the meeting was held was to provide information about what Orsted would be doing for the community.
Grant assistance will be available through the Pro N.J. Trust for the retooling or retrofitting of businesses to figure out the best way for them to take advantage of the offshore wind industry, Ohleth said.
Kellie Cors, an Atlantic City resident and the founder and president of the Peace Amongst Youth organization, said she attended the meeting to network and see what employment opportunities there would be for the city’s youth.
During Ohleth’s presentation, she talked about Orsted teaming up with Joseph Jingoli & Son with corporate offices in Mays Landing to work with local youth and high school-age students to prepare them for jobs in the wind farm industry.
There will be live classroom training for juniors and seniors interested in learning about jobs in the field, Ohleth said.
There will be 70 permanent jobs when the project is completed, and more than 3,000 jobs during the three years it will take to construct the project, Ohleth said.
Ken Schreiber, 64, of Brigantine, attended the meeting because he is curious about wind farms.
“I’m looking forward to it. I lived in Germany. Europe is so much further ahead with wind turbines,” Schreiber said. He added it was great Orsted entered into a memorandum of understanding with Stockton.
Stockton signed a memorandum of understanding with Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind in the spring that will support academic programs, events and research at Stockton. The agreement also could provide Stockton faculty and students with opportunities to assist with the development of the Orsted proposed Ocean Wind project.