Pictures from Illinois
Residents in Illinois photographed this recent blade failure at the Grand Ridge wind energy facility in La Salle County, Illinois, 80 miles southwest of Chicago. The Grand Ridge wind project employs 66 GE 1.5-megawatt wind turbines and was commissioned in late 2008.
One of the 140-foot-long blades broke off at the stem on a wind turbine in rural Wyanet in Bureau County Illinois. The blade was found 150 feet away from the turbine.
Giant turbines tower over farmland in Illinois.
The circular turbine base is dwarfed by the size of the turbine components.
A judge has upheld a decision by the Boone County Board to deny a group’s request to build wind turbines, like those in this file photo, on a farm in an unincorporated part of the county.
Photo taken at Mendota Hills Wind Farm near Paw Paw, Illinois.