Sustainable Energy Developments Inc. (SED), an Ontario, New York, U.S.-based community wind company, has completed its largest project to date, a 2-MW wind turbine at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. The project is the first community wind turbine in the state and combines university-level research, as part of the University's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE), with the financial, energy and environmental benefits of wind power.

The project was completed in June, following the commissioning and electrical interconnection of a 2-MW Gamesa wind turbine.

The university's CEOC Dean, Nancy Targett, hired SED in March 2008 to perform a detailed economic and technical assessment of the Lewes campus. SED's efforts helped define the college's tremendous opportunity and convince university officials to develop the project. SED was then tasked with protecting the interest of the university and guiding the project through the development stages. SED provided experience and technical expertise to the university through all aspects of the project's development, including permitting, detailed engineering, turbine procurement negotiations, electrical interconnection, construction and commissioning. SED also provided significant assistance in fulfilling the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act necessary to secure federal funding support for the wind turbine.

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