Delray eyed for wind turbine testing center

Delray is getting consideration from Detroit's NextEnergy as a possible site for a wind turbine testing center.


NextEnergy is eyeing Detroit's gritty Delray neighborhood to build a wind turbine testing center that could transform the city's southwest waterfront into a destination for wind energy suppliers testing gearboxes and generators.

The Detroit-based organization and incubator for alternative energy businesses is seeking $45 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the center on idle industrial land.

Delray is among several sites under consideration in Detroit. The area, just east of Zug Island, is near deep-water ports and the Ambassador Bridge, positioning it close to water, rail and highway transportation.

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