While Windshare's original investors split dividend payments of $32,000 from the sale of power in 2005, profits since then have been ploughed back into the turbine for maintenance, Ms. Saxe said, adding the bearing replacement will cost $200,000.
For 2010, the turbine had revenue of $58,439, and rang up maintenance costs of $18,291. It didn't release statements including interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
The current repairs will cost more than $200,000.
The turbine's initial cost was $1.8 million.
Inspectors will be out Tuesday afternoon to determine an official cause. Little believes a crack in the metal 120 feet in the air, mixed with the high winds caused the crash and $30,000 dollars in damage.
For the time being, while the cause of Sunday's collapse is being investigated, the district's other turbines will remain shut down as well as a precaution.
The March 14 accident north of Rugby will prompt more frequent inspections of other turbines, said Scott Winneguth, for Iberdrola Renewables Inc. ...Winneguth told North Dakota's Public Service Commission that investigators were unsure whether the problem resulted from the turbine's operation or reflected an assembly flaw.
The piece of the turbine that fell was one of three installed at the school back in 2009. The company that makes the equipment is out of Scotland, they work with an Indiana company.
The company that operates a wind farm near Rugby found four turbines with problems similar to what caused one of its towers to disintegrate this winter.
More troubling for wind fleet owners and operators is that many turbines are coming off warranty. The end of last year marked the first time in U.S. history that more wind turbines were operating out of warranty than were covered, according to Wind Systems magazine.
The problem occurred on March 2 when a still unexplained major malfunction on a recently installed wind turbine caused all three blades to break loose, Reinert said. On March 8, the clean energy office staff directed the program coordinator to issue a notice to stakeholders advising that "Effective immediately, there is a temporary hold on all new REIP wind applications."
A North Dakota regulator says bolt failures caused a wind turbine's rotor and blades to fall from a tower north of Rugby. Six other wind turbines have been shut down so bolts can be replaced.
Bolt failures caused a wind turbine's rotor and blades to fall from a tower in north-central North Dakota, and six other turbines have been shut down. ...the citizens of Pierce County, they're probably a little bit concerned too. ...You might not want to go hiking in the prairie for a while."
Johnson said an investigation into the cause of the accident has not been completed. In a letter to North Dakota's Public Service Commission, Sarah Emery, an Iberdrola senior permitting manager, said the tower suffered a "rotor assembly failure."
Commissioner Brian Kalk said today the PSC is seeking more information from the company because, as he put it, if there was neglect that led to this, there will have to be some action taken.
The plant was suspended after the March 14 accident while Spain's Iberdrola and Suzlon of India investigate the causes, according to an Iberdrola spokesman who asked not to be named in line with company policy.
The offshore wind farms standing proud in the North Sea are in danger of tumbling down unless developers start using a new way of anchoring them to the seabed.
Industry officials are investigating an accident that occurred this week in which a rotor and blades fell from a tower at the Rugby Wind Power Project near Rugby, N.D.
"It looks like the braking mechanism failed, and the rotor gained speed, flexed and hit the tower and sheared off the mounting plate at the hub where it connects with the nacelle." ...The rotor appeared to scrape the tower on its way to the ground, which could require the tower to be replaced as well.
Hospitals are supposed to be exempt from the blackouts which hit yesterday, with power company Oncor attributing the outages to a "mistake," but there were no such mistakes when it came to supplying power to Cowboys Stadium. The government has ensured that the blackouts will not affect Super Bowl venues, a decision that has left residents furious.
Nearly all of the 22 turbine foundations at Nova Scotia Power's Nuttby Mountain wind farm are cracked, CBC News has learned.
"Wherever we identify cracks, they are being addressed. I think right now we are at 19 of the 22," NSP spokesman David Rodenhiser said Tuesday.
Ian Tillard, chief operating officer for Shear Wind, said it took about an hour for the fire to burn itself out. ...He acknowledged the company will have to work with local firefighters in the future about responding to such situations.
A campaigner attacked the "dead end technology" behind Fenland's wind farms after he discovered that two of the £2 million turbines at Coldham are currently standing idle.
John Stoneman, from Cambs Environmental and Wildlife Protection, first warned the operators of the Co-operative site that one of their turbines was broken in October. Another turbine has also been out of action for a fortnight. Both are yet to be fixed.