Construction Updates

Sunrise Wind is on track to begin construction this summer.

Sunrise Wind is the future of American clean energy, and that future is being built by New Yorkers, for New Yorkers. Construction of the project is underway. As the project developer and owner, Ørsted aims to be transparent with residents, businesses, and other stakeholders about construction developments.



On this page, you will find weekly construction updates, maps of construction routes and areas undergoing work, and frequently asked questions. This page will be updated as construction progresses. For the latest information, please see the public notice and updated sections below.

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  • What is your timeline for completing the project?
    Construction is planned to begin in summer 2024. The first phase of construction will include the onshore converter station on Union Avenue in Holbrook and establishing laydown yards for equipment and material storage and set-up. We anticipate Sunrise Wind to be operational by 2026.
  • How does offshore wind energy get to the electrical grid?
    Once the offshore cable comes ashore deep under the beach, it will travel primarily under the roadways via a purpose-built transmission line to an onshore converter station being constructed on Union Avenue in Holbrook.  From there, an underground cable will connect the converted power to the existing grid at the Holbrook PSEG Long Island Substation.
  • How did you choose the cable route? Why not take a different route?
    Sunrise Wind has conducted extensive technical and environmental surveys, evaluated several landing locations, and consulted with local stakeholders to determine the best route for the cable connecting the wind farm to the substation. Based on this evaluation, a cable landing at Smith Point County Park and the route shown have been identified as the preferred route and has been approved by the State Public Service Commission, as it allows us to minimize disruption, avoid environmentally sensitive areas, and stay within existing rights-of-way; and minimize disruption to homes, businesses, and residents. 
  • Will cable installation disrupt beach access?
    No. We will use a very common technique known as horizontal directional drilling (HDD) that allows us to drill deep under the beach without disturbing its surface. It also allows us to maintain public access to the beach throughout the construction process. An animation of the process is available here.
  • Will I see the wind turbines from the beach?
    The closest offshore wind turbines will be at least 30 miles off the coast of Long Island, making them hardly visible.
  • Will the construction of the project require our beach to be closed?
    Access to Smith Point Beach and Smith Point Marina will be maintained throughout the project.  Impacts to the beach will be limited to the temporary use of specific beach locations to facilitate the pulling of the HDD conduit string.  To ensure the safety of the public during these activities, a small section of the beach may be temporarily closed.  This activity will occur between fall and spring to minimize impacts to the public.
  • If I live along the route, will I have road and driveway access during construction?

    Yes, the construction team will have steel plates on hand to maintain access to properties. These steel plates can be installed within minutes or can be preinstalled to meet property owners’ schedules.

    The project team will provide weekly email notices with construction details to keep residents informed about the timing of construction near their properties. Members of the field team will also provide door-to-door notice to residences as the construction zone approaches, and field managers will be onsite at all times providing a point of contact for residents to discuss any access accommodation needs. Additional inquiries or concerns can also be relayed to info@sunrisewindny.com or 631-887-5470.

  • Will Ørsted repair damage resulting from onshore construction activities?
    Yes. All public curbs and streets will be restored to previous conditions. For concerns regarding property damage resulting from onshore construction activities, please call 631-887-5470, or email us at info@sunrisewindny.com.
  • Is there any oversight? Who ensures that Ørsted does what it says?
    A number of state and local regulatory authorities are heavily involved in this project. At the federal level, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) leads a review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that includes the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and the Department of Defense (DOD), among others. At the state level, the Public Service Commission (PSC) leads a review under the Article VII of the Public Service Act that includes the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (SHPO), among others. Local real estate rights have also been obtained from Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven. The permits will require monitoring (including state directed independent monitors) and reporting both while we’re constructing the project and after construction is complete.
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Documents and other resources

Want to know more about Sunrise Wind? Access our scoping presentations, permitting applications, town hall transcripts, regulatory documents, and more. You can also read our project fact sheets, provided in both English and Spanish.

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