Little old Rhode Island is famous for something new. Over the past two summers the nation’s first offshore wind farm has been constructed in coastal waters about three miles southeast of Block Island. The towers of this Rhode Island wind farm are on the far side of the island from us, but on a clear day we can see the five giant turbines. At 600-feet, they extend well above the highest point on the island (211-foot Beacon Hill).
That said, from the Inn, or the beach here in Weekapaug, the Block Island wind farms generally blend in with the island and most people won’t notice their presence unless they are pointed out. The turbines, and the ocean-use policies that have been developed to accommodate these machines, have been attracting attention from around the country and around the world. Next time you visit us, ask for a look and we will set up the spotting scope so you can see these first-in-the-nation wind machines for yourself.