29 Mar '12, 5pm

Virginia Offshore Wind Turbine Positioned to be First in U.S.

If it clears federal approval, the 479-foot tall Gamesa turbine will sit in 53 feet of water about three miles off Cape Charles in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, meaning it could be in the water well ahead of Deepwater Wind’s project off the coast of Rhode Island or Cape Wind’s giant installation off Massachusetts in Nantucket Sound. First, the project will need approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and review by the U.S. Coast Guard. The prototype is expected to last more than 20 years, and it will be attached by a submarine cable system buried at least six feet below the seabed with a 100-year expected lifespan. But if Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, has his way, two decades from now it will be just one of many turbines sitting off the coast of Virginia. And by then he envisions the state as the ...

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