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Lights out for upgrades at San Patricio County wind farms

When the wind farm was built, it was developed with a temporary connection to the state's power grid. The permanent connection is now complete, and the wind farm is offline while transitioning to the new equipment, Harrison said.

Turbines at the Papalote Creek wind farm are offline while E.On Climate and Renewables conducts maintenance and upgrades.

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY - Travelers on U.S. Highways 77 and 181 aren't seeing the familiar field of red lights blinking in unison over the wind farms of San Patricio County this week.

The lights have gone dark and the turbine blades have stopped - temporarily.

The Papalote Creek wind farm near Taft has halted electricity generation while its owner, E.On Climate and Renewables, conducts upgrades and maintenance, site supervisor Todd Harrison said.

When the wind farm was built, it was developed with a temporary connection to the state's power grid. The permanent connection is now complete, and the wind farm is offline while transitioning to the new equipment, Harrison said.

The new station is less susceptible to interruptions caused by dust and salt buildup and is better protected against hurricanes, he said.

The wind farm had to notify the Federal Aviation Administration before taking the turbines offline because the blinking red lights on each of the 196 turbines are off, too. The lights serve as a hazard warning to pilots.

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Turbines at the Papalote Creek wind farm are offline while E.On Climate and Renewables conducts maintenance and upgrades.

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY - Travelers on U.S. Highways 77 and 181 aren't seeing the familiar field of red lights blinking in unison over the wind farms of San Patricio County this week.

The lights have gone dark and the turbine blades have stopped - temporarily.

The Papalote Creek wind farm near Taft has halted electricity generation while its owner, E.On Climate and Renewables, conducts upgrades and maintenance, site supervisor Todd Harrison said.

When the wind farm was built, it was developed with a temporary connection to the state's power grid. The permanent connection is now complete, and the wind farm is offline while transitioning to the new equipment, Harrison said.

The new station is less susceptible to interruptions caused by dust and salt buildup and is better protected against hurricanes, he said.

The wind farm had to notify the Federal Aviation Administration before taking the turbines offline because the blinking red lights on each of the 196 turbines are off, too. The lights serve as a hazard warning to pilots.

The first phase of Papalote Creek was operational in 2009, with the second phase going online in 2010. Together, the farms have a capacity of about 380 megawatts, enough to power more than 100,000 homes under optimal wind conditions.


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SEP 28 2011
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