Clemson breaking ground on wind turbine facility

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.  - Clemson University is breaking ground on a nearly $100 million center to study wind energy, a facility that could mean thousands of new jobs for South Carolina.

Lawmakers and university officials gather at the old Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston on Thursday to launch the project.

Last year, the federal Energy Department gave Clemson $45 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state and private donors provided another $53 million.

The center to test drive trains for wind turbines will be part of Clemson's Restoration Institute campus at the old base. A drive train takes energy generated by a turbine's blades and drives electrical generators.

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TK3
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TK3 10/28/10 - 08:16 am
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Another government boondoggle

Another government boondoggle wasting millions of tax dollars. Yes it is a good' project but one private companies could do with just some tax incentives, if there really IS a market.

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Chillen 10/28/10 - 08:24 am
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Don't they need plenty of

Don't they need plenty of wind to make those cost effective? I didn't realize that South Carolina was such windy place.....because it's not.

I know! Maybe they can use electric fans to create the wind and operate the turbines! It's a win-win for everyone. Except the taxpayers who lose either way.

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Your Right 10/28/10 - 08:39 am
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Chillen, so you are saying

Chillen, so you are saying that there is no wind close to the ocean in South Carolina...interesting.

Tax Incentives were used to get Boeing there.

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Chillen 10/28/10 - 09:23 am
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There's wind there, but not

There's wind there, but not like the wind that whips across the plains.

If the idea is REALLY a good one then private industry would have come forward to pony up the dough with a profit motive in mind. As it is, countless millions of taxpayer funds are being used. Why? Because the project WILL NOT make money! It's a loser, otherwise govt would not be funding it. (think empty buses in Augusta)

What a waste of taxpayer money. Just another example of government incompetence and fraud.

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Onthebeach 10/28/10 - 09:28 am
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What a waste of

What a waste of money.....windmills are a "feel good" source of energy.....Many companies have lost money this year across the US due to the fact that the wind currents have been less than expected.
Just what are they going to study.......

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CarlA 10/28/10 - 10:56 am
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Wouldn't they really be

Wouldn't they really be "breaking wind"?

CarlA
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CarlA 10/28/10 - 10:58 am
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Chillen, seeing as the

Chillen, seeing as the project is at the former Naval Shipyard in N. Charleston. There is lots of wind especially right there in Charleston harbor where the ocean meets the 2 rivers.

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