The Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, and Texas Tech University broke ground July 17 on a new state of the art wind turbine test facility in Lubbock, Texas. Supported by a $2.6 million investment from the department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Scaled Wind Farm Technology facility will be the first public facility of its kind to use multiple wind turbines to measure how they interact with one another in a farm; it will begin operation later this year.