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      WTAMU and UL break ground on advanced wind turbine test facility

      Representatives from West Texas A&M University and the Underwriters Laboratories came together Tuesday to break ground on the advanced wind turbine test facility.

      The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Nance Ranch where construction began for the facility.

      â??The work thatâ??s going to be done here is going to help transform the energy sector of the United States,â?? said President of West Texas A&M, Joseph Patrick Oâ??Brien. â??Itâ??s a great opportunity for our facility researchers and for students who want to study and practice in this particular area.â??

      The facility will be a wind research test facility which will bring a lot of opportunities to wind turbine manufacturers in the United States who want to test their prototype machine. They will also be able to obtain test data so that they can qualify for certification and then be able to install wind turbines in the United States.

      â??This is going to be the only test site of its kind in the United States,â?? said Oâ??Brien.

      The facility will be one of the largest in the world and located in the middle of the Great Plains Wind Corridor.

      â??The wind conditions here in Texas are extremely favorable in order to get the right test data that you need for the performance criteria for wind turbines,â?? said Evelyn Butler, Global Business Development Director with Underwriters Laboratories. â??Itâ??s an ideal site with the great wind turbines.â??

      Butler said that the facility looks to be officially open hopefully in October.

      For more information on the UL/WTAMU Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility, visit