Lake Erie wind farm moving forward

May 1, 2017

On Lake Erie, the offshore wind industry is moving forward with Project Icebreaker, a proposal that would place 6 wind turbines off the coast of Lake Erie.  It’d be the country’s first freshwater wind farm.

The Cleveland Foundation’s Shilpa Kedar says there is an advantage to being first in the Great Lakes in offshore wind.

"As this grows in the rest of the Great Lakes and beyond, we can start exporting the skills, the intellectual capital, the ability for our manufacturing to produce these products," said Kedar.

Kedar was part of a panel focused on offshore wind at the Cleveland City Club Friday.  

Friday's City Club on offshore wind
Credit The City Club of Cleveland Facebook page

The project anticipates 500 jobs from the construction and maintenance of the turbines.

Project Icebreaker is in currently in the permitting phase with a projected construction date of 2018.