New Jersey's first offshore wind farm is going to be a big one.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities voted on June 21 to select Ørsted A/S to develop the country's largest single offshore wind farm. The 1,100 megawatt project should power between 350,000 and 600,000 homes per year. But it might not be the largest for long. Per Gov. Phil Murphy’s instruction, the state will consider two larger solicitations for offshore wind in 2020 and 2022.

“These turbines will provide the clean energy engine we need to tap the goldmine of wind potential off the Jersey Shore," said Doug O'Malley, director of our national network’s New Jersey office. "Offshore wind is one of our best tools to fight climate change, and New Jersey just cemented its place as a national leader.”

Offshore wind is slated to play a large role in the New Jersey reaching its pledge to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050.

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Photo: Environment New Jersey Director Doug O'Malley speaking at last fall's Time for Turbines event. Credit: Darcie King, E. Video Productions.