Baltimore-based offshore wind developer US Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its Meteorological Tower. This marks 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.

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It is anticipated that the US Wind project will result in the creation of approximately 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and represent an in-state investment of nearly $1.5 billion.