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      SC wind turbine test facility nears completion



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      ORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A nearly $100 million investment



      in



      the nation's energy future is nearing completion on the South



      Carolina




      coast.


      The wind turbine testing facility at Clemson's Restoration



      Institute in



      North Charleston will be up and running by year's end.



      The facility will



      be the largest of its kind in the world, able to



      test a new generation of



      giant turbines.


      The facility is being finished as the government prepares to



      lease



      sections of ocean off the mid-Atlantic coast for wind farms.


      The Restoration Institute's executive director, John Kelly, says



      turbine



      testing is key to the industry. Utilities want to be sure



      there are no



      design problems with the wind turbines before they are



      deployed in



      wind farms. Kelly says it's much more difficult to



      repair a turbine after



      it has been installed miles offshore.

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