The US Energy Department will provide $4m in assistance to US-based nonprofit group Lake Erie Energy Development to build an offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes region.

The group consists of Siemens, Freshwater Wind, local governments and Case Western Reserve University and will contribute an additional $1m for the project.

Termed, the Icebreaker project, the facility will be built about seven miles off the coast of Cleveland and will employ nine turbines with a capacity ranging from 20MW-30MW.

This award is one of seven offshore wind projects that were awarded Energy Department funds in December.