Wind turbines sprouting in Tazewell County
Horizon has also started work on access roads for construction and maintenance of the wind towers, Parker said. Although these roads are private, landowners who live within the wind farm property can use them for their farming operations, he said.
Construction is progressing on electrical substations, overhead lines and underground cables, Parker said, and the erection of the wind turbines has also begun. Twenty-five foundations have been completed, he said, and two base sections have been installed on three towers.
November 16, 2008
by Amanda Jacobs
in Pekin Times
Once it is completed, the Rail Splitter Wind Farm in southern Tazewell County will need wind to operate. During construction, on the other hand, windy days are less than ideal.
"Right now we're praying for no wind, which is kind of ironic," said John Fulton, project manager for Horizon Wind Energy, the company that is developing the wind farm. "You don't want it windy when you're swinging those blades."
Construction crews can install turbines with wind speeds as high as 25 to 30 miles per hour, said Michael Parker, a civil construction inspector with Horizon. The decision to go forward on a... [continue via Web link]