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Schuylkill County fire companies were dispatched Monday night to a 390-foot-tall windmill that caught fire at the Locust Ridge Wind Farm near Mahanoy City, according to emergency radio reports.
The 320-foot-tall turbine was completed less than a month ago, on Dec. 20. “The manufacturer is en route to assess the cause as well as inspect the turbine.”
The wind turbine in Bear Creek Township caught fire Thursday afternoon. ...Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.
A catastrophic fire destroyed one of the twelve Gamesa 2.0 MW wind turbines operating at the Bear Creek Wind Power Project. The facility, which is owned by Iberdrola, is located in Bear Creek Township near Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and was placed in service in 2006.
Although turbine maker GE confirmed the event, it would not provide many specifics. However, the company maintains that the incident has nothing to do with a series of previous failures with its 48.7-meter blades. ...As GE and BP investigate the failed blade at Mehoopany, the wind farm remains the subject of competing lawsuits stemming from construction of the $250 million project.
A blade of a wind turbine separated and crashed to the ground on the South Mountain in western Wyoming County on Sunday. ...The 88-turbine park opened in January 2013.
The FAA has determined that the giant wind turbines needed to harness wind power would interfere with radar used by air traffic controllers at Erie International Airport. The FAA therefore denied the developer's request to extend an earlier FAA determination that the turbines would not interfere with aviation.
Since no turbines have been built and no construction has started, Pioneer applied for an extension of the project. Just last week, October 9th, 2014, the FAA denied the extension requests due to objections from air traffic control at Erie.
Under certain conditions the blades would throw chunks of ice as far as 100 feet. At least a couple of chunks punctured the Ridge Center roof. Officials were concerned that the ice could hit people or cars in the center's parking lot. Leslie said officials also were never able to determine exactly why part of the unit and the blades fell and couldn't get an assurance that it wouldn't happen again.
Firefighters responded to the scene, but cleared the area after the wind turbine company, "Locust Ridge Wind Farm," arrived. The plan was to allow the turbine to burn itself out.
Iberdrola's Locust Ridge wind energy facility experienced a catestrophic turbine fire. The project, located in Mahanoy City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, was constructed in two phases and totals 64 Gamesa 2 MW turbines across more than 10 miles of ridgeline. Phase I (13 turbines) was completed in 2006. Phase II (51 turbines) was placed in-service in 2009. The turbine was permitted to burn itself out.
Officials with EverPower, who own the turbines near Dunlo in Adams Township, said the fiberglass blades on one turbine broke Monday afternoon, snapping in half and were left hanging in the air.
After it fell, the turbine was lying on the ground in a large, remote area with a 3,000-foot elevation. Workers for Florida-based NextEra Energy were keeping watch on it until the company decided on a plan of action. NextEra Energy said the cause of the turbine's fall is not yet known, but when it fell, it forced nine other turbines around it to shut down because they are interconnected.
One of the Mill Run Wind Energy Center's ten 1.5 megawatt turbines fell to the ground. The project was placed in service in 2001 with total nameplate capacity of 15 megawatts (10 turbines x 1.5 mw). The project was constructed in 2001 and is owned by NextEra Energy.
The wind turbine, the last of four that stood along the ridge in a line on what used to be Wayne Steyer's property, fell to the ground. It now lies in a twisted mass near where it stood since 2001.
One of the Mill Run Wind Energy Center's ten 1.5 megawatt turbines fell to the ground last night. The project was placed in service in 2001 with a nameplate capacity of 15 megawatts. The facility was developed by Atlantic Renewable Energy and Horizon Wind Energy, and constructed and operated by NextEra Energy Resources.
Crews are investigating what caused a wind turbine to fail and fall over Wednesday night in Fayette County.
The Mill Run Wind farm consists of 10 1.5-megawatt turbines. The distance from the ground to hub-height is about 210 feet. Total turbine height is about 300 feet. The wind farm began operation in 2001.
"But when weather becomes a factor, and I'm thinking about 9:30 , 10 o'clock last night when they said this may have occurred, it was very nasty and visibilities were quite poor," Zampetti said. "Why the helicopter got into this area, no idea. But any time weather becomes a factor, you're messing with disaster."
The Mehoopany Wind Farm, operated by BP Wind Energy, is the site of a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of five people Saturday night. It took off from Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott earlier that evening.