Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind will now be on-shore at Atlantic City, following an agreement the global energy company signed to sublease commercial space from Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus.
The site will be run as the newly dubbed “Educational and Community Outreach Center,” which Atlantic Shores will use to connect with potential talent both from the university and the local population, Stockton announced on Wednesday.
That comes as the Murphy administration pursues the construction of a 200 acre “wind port” that would vastly ramp up the state’s wind energy capacity over the next decade.
It also comes less than two years after Atlantic Shores was created to lease a 183,353-acre stretch of ocean 8 miles off the coast of Atlantic City for the construction of 2,500 megawatts of wind energy.
“As we progress development of our first wind project, we know it’s important for the Atlantic City community to have access to us right where they live,” Atlantic Shores Managing Director Chris Hart said in the Stockton statement.
Atlantic Shores plans to lease out the space for 10 years, effective July 15 with the option for two five-year extensions, Stockton said. Construction of the windport, two counties away at Alloway Creek Township, is slated to carry on through much of that decade, with project completion scheduled for 2026.
The Wind Port would permanently employ up to 1,500 workers in manufacturing, assembly and operations, and generate up to $500 million of economic activity for the region once completed, Murphy officials said. It was widely hailed by the state’s labor unions, and construction and trade groups.
Atlantic Shores, according to Stockton Vice President for Facilities and Operations Donald Hudson, “represent[s] another step in diversifying the economy of Atlantic City and will provide opportunities for our students to intern in the field of renewable energy and offshore wind on our campus.”