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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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