Offshore Wind Community Funding for First-Ever Foundation 2 Blade Training at Farmingdale State College for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

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  • In partnership with Farmingdale State College, Community Offshore Wind is creating pathways for minority and women-owned businesses to enter the offshore wind supply chain through the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s Foundation 2 Blade training program .
  • The funding supports the construction of the region’s national offshore wind supply chain by providing industry training to boost local economies and invest in the future of clean energy.

FARMINGDALE, NY, Nov. 2, 2022 /CSRwire/ – Community Offshore Wind is funding the first-ever Foundation 2 Blade Offshore Wind Industry Training at Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, NY, for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBE ), Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Small Business Enterprises (SBE). Thanks to the company’s investment, eligible companies can enroll in the program for just $100 to learn the tools they need to capitalize on the expanding offshore wind market in the Northeastern United States. This saves 96% on training which would typically cost $2,500.

Community Offshore Wind is a joint venture between RWE Renewables and National Grid that is developing a rental area in the New York Bight, between Long Island and New Jersey, with a potential capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW) to power more than one million households. Building a robust national supply chain is just one of the many ways the organization works to benefit Northeast communities.

“We recognize the significant benefits that come from working with local suppliers. Our partnership with the Business Network to deliver the Foundation 2 Blade Offshore Wind Training is an example of how we are helping break down the financial barriers to entry,” said Doug Perkins, President and Project Director of Community Offshore Wind. “At Community Offshore Wind, we are committed to leveling the playing field. We have a responsibility to provide MWBE, SDVOB and SBE companies with fair opportunities in the design, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance to help advance the U.S. offshore wind supply chain.

Foundation 2 Blade graduates will learn the phases of offshore wind project development, including necessary components and project operations, to determine where their business best fits in the supply chain. Since launching in 2020, Foundation 2 Blade has graduated nearly 350 professionals from federal regulatory agencies, state government, offshore wind developers, Tier 1 suppliers and other critical supply chain companies offshore wind turbine.

“The Business Network is thrilled to partner with Community Offshore Wind and Farmingdale State College to ensure New York benefits from offshore wind energy,” said Ben Brown, senior director of industry training at the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “Foundation 2 Blade offers training resources, industry connections, and networking opportunities with industry experts to help companies find their place in the supply chain. Participants will join a network of well-connected alumni, which will further help them find their place in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry.

“We are thrilled to partner with Community Offshore Wind to bring the Foundation 2 Blade program to New York State and Long Island,” added Professor Marj Issapour, Associate Dean of Innovation and Economic Development at the Sustainable Energy, Farmingdale State University. “Thanks to the generous support of Community Offshore Wind, minority and women-owned businesses can access the offshore wind grid. Building this supply chain, locally, will help meet Long Island’s labor needs today and in the future.

According to a Jaggaer-Tealbook survey, two-thirds of North American companies surveyed said the biggest benefit of increasing supplier diversity has been positive reputational impacts, with over 40% also saying that there has been an increase in supplier innovation and greater supply base competition. Companies have stepped up efforts to work with more minority and women-owned businesses, with 53% of companies saying supplier diversity is a top priority.

The Business Network for Offshore Wind Foundation 2 Blade Industry Training will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 2-4, at the Long Island campus of Farmingdale State College.

To learn more about how you can enter the offshore wind supply chain, MWBEs, SDVOBs and SBEs are encouraged to join the Offshore Wind Foundation Industry Training Business Network 2 Blades. Space is limited. For more information and how to register, please contact Farmingdale State College’s Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainability at [email protected]

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Community offshore wind
Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture between RWE and National Grid, will bring clean energy from offshore wind to the North East. We will develop offshore wind on the largest parcel in New York Bay with the potential to host 3 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, which is enough to power over one million homes and businesses in the States -United. The project is expected to be operational by 2030. Community Offshore Wind is dedicated to investing in communities by creating clean energy jobs in the region and growing the local economy. We will deliver sustainable energy safely, reliably and efficiently to the communities we serve. For more information, visit communityoffshorewind.com.

The business network
The business network for offshore wind is the largest non-profit organization dedicated solely to building a strong offshore wind supply chain and expanding the adoption of offshore wind energy. It advances the industry through collaboration, education and innovation, including the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF), North America’s premier offshore wind conference and the market edge OSW. Learn more at offshorewindus.org.

Farmingdale State College
As the largest of SUNY’s colleges of technology (10,000+ students), Farmingdale State College provides students with the resources and knowledge sought by today’s emerging industries. Offering both bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, FSC launched its first master’s degree – Technology Management – in 2017. At FSC, students learn in small, personalized classes and have many opportunities for applied learning – internships, clinical training and guided research – which provide instruction and personal growth.

Farmingdale State College’s mission is to provide exceptional academic and applied learning outcomes through scholarship, research, and student engagement for Long Island and beyond. The College’s commitment to student-centered learning and inclusion prepares graduates to be exemplary citizens equipped to excel in a competitive, diverse, and technologically dynamic society. For more information, visit farmdale.edu.

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