Baltimore-based offshore wind developer US Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its Meteorological Tower beginning this summer, marking a key milestone in what will eventually be one of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.
The met tower will be used to collect raw wind data at a height comparable to the eventual turbines’ height. The collected wind data will be used primarily to validate the virtual data collected through what have primarily been mathematical models to date, and will also to monitor the performance of the installed turbines during the lifetime of the eventual wind farm.
“This important milestone represents US Wind’s ongoing commitment to realizing this first-of-its-kind large-scale renewable energy project in the State of Maryland,” said Riccardo Toto, President of US Wind. “We look forward to delivering the significant economic and job-creation benefits that our project represents and to advancing our leadership position in this fast-developing new American industry.”
Installation of the MET Mast tower is scheduled to begin on July 14, 2019, with installation anticipated to be completed by August 8, 2019.
The US Wind Maryland project, expected to be operational during 2023, will involve the installation of up to 32 wind turbines, 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City, which will produce 268 MW of offshore wind energy, an amount sufficient to provide 76,000 Maryland homes with clean, renewable energy.