Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) announced Thursday that Virginia has landed a collaborative project to establish a facility for the testing and certification of large offshore and land-based electricity-producing wind turbines.
The project, called Poseidon Atlantic, will be the first such facility in the United States. There is a growing need globally for facilities that test and certify wind turbines, the governor’s office said.
The initial phase of the project is to be developed on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in Northampton County.
“October is Energy Month in Virginia, and this project demonstrates the tremendous progress that we are seeing in our effort to make the Commonwealth the ‘Energy Capital of the East Coast,” said Gov. McDonnell. “The building of this wind energy test facility in Northampton County will further Virginia’s growing leadership role in the global wind energy industry, while creating good paying jobs for our citizens at the same time.”
Virginia government says the project will create 25 direct new jobs within two years, with the potential for more growth as the sector develops.
More from the governor’s office: Poseidon Atlantic LLC is a joint-venture between U.S.-based Real NewEnergy and Ecofys, a subsidiary of the Dutch utility, Eneco. Real NewEnergy is a renewable energy technology firm formed to introduce and leverage Dutch renewable energy experience and capabilities in the U.S.