A recent UNC study suggested a test wind energy farm in Pamlico Sound, Lynn Bonner reports.
The contract allows several ways for the company to get out of building the windmills, including if the project's cost exceeds $35 million. The university and the company can mutually agree to end the contract if opposition to the project is too intense.
The university will be able to study topics such as hurricane resistance and turbine-animal interactions.
A provision in the state budget allows the company to recoup its windmill costs by charging customers.