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Cracks in foundation led to wind turbine's collapse, 49 others also at risk

An investigation into what caused the collapse of a wind turbine at New Brunswick's largest wind farm has revealed serious structural issues that affect not only the turbine that fell, but dozens of others in the area as well. According to TransAlta Renewables Inc., the Alberta-based company that owns and operates the Kent Hills wind farm, the cracks formed because of "deficiencies in the original design of the foundations."
12 Jan 2022

TransAlta Renewables to replace turbine foundations at New Brunswick wind farm

Based on initial estimates, TransAlta says the replacement of the foundations at its Kent Hills 1 and 2 wind sites is expected to cost between $75-million and $100-million. It also estimates it will result in foregone revenue of about $3.4-million per month on an annualized basis for so long as all 50 wind turbines are off-line, based on average historical wind production.
11 Jan 2022

TransAlta finds cracked foundations at N.B. wind farm where tower collapsed

TransAlta Renewables Inc. says it has found cracks in several foundations of the turbines at a wind farm in New Brunswick where a tower collapsed in September. The company says the discovery of the subsurface cracks means the foundations will likely need repairs, and if replacement is required, costs are estimated at $1.5 million to $2 million per foundation.
29 Oct 2021

Wind turbine collapse under investigation in southeast New Brunswick

"The cause of the incident is under investigation," TransAlta spokesperson James Mottershead said in an email to CBC News. The area surrounding the wind facility has been closed while the investigation is underway. ...According to the company's website, the Kent Hills wind farm is the largest wind facility in the province, with more than 50 wind turbines.
14 Oct 2021

TransAlta Turbine collapse - Kent Hills wind facility

Transalta_kent_wind_turbine_collapse_thumb Subsurface cracks in the turbine foundations at TransAlta Renewables' Kent Hills 1 and Kent Hills 2 wind energy facilities have resulted in one turbine collapsing and the suspension of operations of all 50 turbines. The Kent Hills 1 and 2 facilities have a total capacity of 167 megawatts. The fifty turbines are Vestas V90 - 3.0 megawatt units. Phase 1 was placed in service in 2008. Phase 2 was online by 2010. 
14 Oct 2021

Gone with the wind: Weak returns cripple German renewables

Indications are mounting, however, that green capitalism will not be able to meet all expectations. In courts around the country, complaints are mounting from wind park investors who haven't received a dividend disbursement in years or whose parks went belly up. Consumer protection activists are complaining that many projects are poorly structured and lack transparency.
30 Jan 2014
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