Mass. ribbon cutting set for wind blade center

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Posted: May 17, 2011 6:59 PM
Mass. ribbon cutting set for wind blade center

The nation's largest wind blade testing facility is opening for business on Boston's waterfront.

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to join other officials Wednesday for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Wind Technology Testing Center, the first commercial blade test facility in the nation capable of handling blades as long as 90 meters.

In 2009, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Massachusetts would receive $25 million in federal stimulus dollars for construction of the testing center on Boston Harbor in the city's Charlestown neighborhood,

The center is designed to help wind turbine developers reduce costs, improve technical advancements and speed deployment of the next generation of blades to the marketplace.

Locating the center on the harbor will allow test blades too long to negotiate highways and local roads to be delivered by ship.

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