ORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A nearly $100 million investment
the nation's energy future is nearing completion on the South
The wind turbine testing facility at Clemson's Restoration
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
The facility is being finished as the government prepares to
sections of ocean off the mid-Atlantic coast for wind farms.
The Restoration Institute's executive director, John Kelly, says
testing is key to the industry. Utilities want to be sure
there are no
design problems with the wind turbines before they are
wind farms. Kelly says it's much more difficult to
repair a turbine after
it has been installed miles offshore.