MMA to play significant role in wind energy project

CASTINE — As the nation struggles to find clean, renewable energy sources, the development of technologies such as offshore wind power has become increasingly significant.

Offshore wind is fast becoming one of the most promising renewable energy technologies, particularly in Maine, with a prime source available right off the state’s coast.

The University of Maine was recently awarded up to $4 million from a Department of Energy grant for its DeepCWind Consortium Research Project.

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has been a partner in the project and, with the additional funds, will play a significant role in testing.

According to MMA spokesman Tim Koster, installation of a test wind turbine has been scheduled for March 1, 2013.

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Amanda Greenberg

Former Ellsworth American reporter Amanda Greenberg joined the staff in October 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Amanda moved to Maine when she was nine.