The state has secured a lease with a federal agency to build two test wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today.
The lease will allow Dominion Virginia Power, the project operator, to build two turbines – each more than 500 feet tall – about 24 miles off the coast. The turbines are scheduled to be erected in 2017. A federal environmental review needs to be completed first.
The turbines are part of Dominion’s wind power research project to gather wind data that could lead to a big wind farm in the same area.
Tuesday’s announcement marked the first lease for a wind power research project in federal waters, said a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
The Dominion project is backed by a $47 million federal research grant.
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