New offshore wind technology center opens in Chesapeake
Governor McDonnell helped to launch an offshore wind technology center in Chesapeake yesterday.
Northrop Grumman and Gamesa Technology plan to build two prototype wind turbines they say will lead the next generation of offshore wind systems for use in this country and around the world.
Yesterday, they cut the ribbon at a new 25,000 square-foot facility in Chesapeake and plan for the units to be installed, one on land, the other offshore, by late 2012.
Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced that it could begin leasing sites off the coasts of Virginia and three other states for wind energy development by the end of the year and spend 50 million dollars over the next five years to help fund research.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News