13 July 2010 – US community wind company Sustainable Energy Developments (SED) has completed its largest project to date, a 2 MW wind turbine to power the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Delaware.
The project was completed following the commissioning and electrical interconnection of a 2 MW Gamesa wind turbine.
The university’s Dean, Nancy Targett, began her pursuit of a wind project in March 2008 when she hired SED to perform an economic and technical assessment of the Lewes campus. The company’s efforts helped define the college’s opportunity and helped convince university officials to develop the project.
SED was then tasked with guiding the project through the development stages, providing experience and technical expertise to the university including permitting, engineering, turbine procurement negotiations, electrical interconnection, construction and commissioning.
SED also provided assistance in fulfilling the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act necessary to secure Federal funding support for the wind turbine. Community-scale wind projects are generally less than 20 MW in size and create new opportunities for jobs and economic development in local communities, says the company.