Offshore wind doesn't have to be in the ocean. You can put turbines in freshwater lakes, too. A new wind farm just got approved for Lake Erie.
The initial 20-megawatt farm could power roughly 10,000 homes.
It's the culmination of a four-year campaign by The Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, and GE will provide wind turbines and maintenance for a 20-megawatt wind farm, with a long-term goal of 1,000 megawatts for the lake's Ohio waters within the decade. It's looking good for the state's economy, too, as it is hoped that some of the manufacture of the turbine parts will happen in Ohio.