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US Wind to install met mast for Maryland offshore project

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

May 21 (Renewables Now) - US Wind Inc, the developer of a 268-MW wind farm off the coast of Maryland, has hired EPIC Applied Technologies to install a meteorological mast at the site of the proposed project.

Installation of the Meteorological tower, also known as a met mast, is planned to start on July 14, while its completion is expected by August 8, US Wind said on Monday. The facility will be used to collect raw wind data at a height similar to the one of the to-be-installed wind turbines. The information will serve to validate virtual the analysis that was mostly compiled through mathematical models and monitor the performance of the wind turbines during the whole lifespan of the complex.

Known as the US Wind Maryland project, the wind farm will be located 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City and will be powered by up to 32 turbines. The project was awarded renewable energy credits (ORECs) in May 2017.

Based on estimates by the developer, its project would represent an in-state investment of almost USD 1.5 billion (EUR 1.34bn).

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.895)

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