Offshore wind turbine testing facility planned for Virginia

A new international partnership of energy companies has announced plans to build a wind turbine testing facility in Northampton County, Va.

Poseidon Atlantic LLC, a joint-venture between Ecofys, a subsidiary of Dutch utility Eneco, and Real NewEnergy, a Rockville, Md.-based alternative energy consulting firm, plans to start developing the site in the second half of 2012.

The site will feature up to 10 “test pads” on which developers can build wind turbines that stretch as high as 750 feet.

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