By AMIR EFRATI
Google Inc. said it plans to help fund an ambitious project to lay undersea cables to connect offshore windmills off the mid-Atlantic coast.
The company said the so-called Atlantic Wind Connection backbone will stretch 350 miles off the coast from New Jersey to Virginia and will be able to connect 6,000 megawatts of offshore wind turbines. That amount is equivalent to 60% of the wind energy installed in the entire U.S. last year, and enough to serve approximately 1.9 million households, the technology giant said.
Google said in a blog post early Tuesday that the backbone will be built around offshore power hubs that will collect power from multiple offshore wind farms and deliver it via undersea cables to electrical-transmission systems on land. “This system will act as a superhighway for clean energy,” wrote Rick Needham, Google’s green-business operations director.
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