Pictures from Massachusetts
DTE Energy found a part of a blade had fallen off one of its turbines located at the Thumb wind facility in Michigan. The Thumb wind facility went into commercial operation in December 2012. The project consists of 110-megawatt (MW) (69 1.6-megawatt GE wind turbines).
Wind developers play down the issue of ice throw until the plant is operating. After that, even hardhats are not enough to protect persons or property from flying chunks.
This image shows the location of Nantucket High School's newly sited 100-kilowatt wind turbine. The turbine stands about 160-feet tall including the blade. The radius of the circle is approximately 50 feet. There does not appear to be any safety or fall zone around the turbine to protect students from collapse or blade/ice throw.
Two blades of a wind turbine were blown off during the strong nor’easter ravaging Cape Cod. According to spectators near the scene, two blades atop the approximately 60 foot wind turbine blew off around noon. A section of the blades could be seen on the ground approximately 100 feet from the wind turbine. Editor's note: According to news reports, the Aircon-10 turbine was erected in May 2009. It has a capacity of 10 kilowatts and stands 100-feet tall from base to blade tip.
This 300-foot industrial-scale turbine (600 kw) in Newburyport, MA is sited just 319-feet from the public pedestrian rail trail, 350-feet from heavily-traveled U.S. Route 1, and 800-feet from the nearest residence. During the public hearing process, the developer insisted "[the turbine] was a long way from the rail trail and if the ice did shed it would be directly below." This photo is provided to Windaction.org by concerned residents in the City of Newburyport, MA. A video showing the ice can be viewed here: http://www.windaction.org/videos/20143 .
This photo of the Newburyport wind turbine (292-feet tall) was taken from at the rear property line of a nearby residence. The residents in the area have expressed their concerns to the city about noise, flicker, ice throws and other safety issues.
This 292-foot wind turbine recently erected in Newburyport, MA is located just 319-feet from the public pedestrian rail trail, 350-feet from heavily-traveled U.S. Route 1 (in the foreground), and 800-feet from the nearest residence. See: http://www.windaction.org/faqs/18868 for information on potential safety risks.
The 262-foot turbine located at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior Senior High School towers over all structures in the area.
Balloons were flown in Newburyport, MA to demonstrate the height of the proposed industrial wind turbine. Two balloons on a single tether were flown to show the height of the tower and the overall height including the structure including the blades. The balloons are white and difficult to distinguish against the white clouds. The height of the proposed turbine, 300-feet, far exceeds the height of all other objects in the area.
Turbine in Hull Massachusetts
The blades of the wind turbine ‘Zephyr’ are raised yesterday at Jiminy Peak.
A TALL ORDER: This wind turbine at the Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne towers over nearby houses.
A wind turbine next to the Hull, Mass., high school, located in the shadow of Boston, in 2006.
This 100 kilowatt Fuhrlander wind turbine, owned by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, is located in Dorchester
New computer simulations of Cape Wind provide views of how the project will look from some of the state's favorite vacation spots. Here's a view from Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard.
This 164-foot-tall wind turbine has stood at the tip of Hull since 2001.
This photo shows a representation of how 196.85-foot-tall wind turbines might appear at the former Tilcon site on Nauset Road in North Eastham. The proposed turbines for this site would be close to 400 feet tall.