Pictures from USA
Another turbine was consumed by fire. This time at the Prairie Dog Wind Project in Shallowater, Texas. Firefighters were rightfully concerned that burning pieces from the turbine would cause a brush fire.
Another of the GE 1.6 megawatt wind turbines at the Wildcat Wind facility in Tipton and Madison Counties, Indiana, experienced a catastrophic failure. Special thanks to the folks in Tipton County for sharing this photograph taken at the site.
These photos clearly demonstrate how wind turbines alter the views and landscape of a community. The towers were sited by NextEra as part of the Tuscola Bay Wind and Wind II facilities. A total of 134 turbines were erected in 2012 and 2013 for a maximum output of 220 megawatts.
A wind turbine located in Huron County fell over during a winter storm. The turbine was part of the Harvest I wind project commissioned in 2008. Harvest I includes 32 Vestas V82-1.65 MW turbines.
A 160-foot, 7-ton blade on one of DTE Energy’s wind turbines sited in Sigel Township, Huron County MI was destroyed. The turbine was one of 40 GE 1.6-100 towers. DTE's Sigel Township installation was placed in-service in October 2012.
Warning from the Cogar Volunteer Fire Department: Please beware of large chunks of ice being launched great distance by the wind turbines in our area! Please use extreme caution and stay a safe distance away from them. We have seen 3 wires of new barbed wire fences broken by ice chunks from the blades of these massive machines. The pictures of the ice chunks below were recovered about 125 yds from the base of a turbine about 4:30 pm this afternoon. Much larger and thicker pieces had impacted closer to the base.
These images demonstrate the size and scale of land preparation required to construct turbine projects using machines standing nearly 500-feet in height. First Wind is constructing its 57-turbine wind facility in Somerset County, Maine. The project, at 185 MW, will be the largest in Maine and in New England. The turbines will have a tower height of 94 Meters and rotor diameter for the three blades of 112 or 113 meters placing the total height with the blade fully extended at 150 meters (492 feet) or more. SunEdison will be using 47 Vestas’ V112-3.3 MW turbine for the project together with components previously ordered from Vestas. Reporting on the actual number and capacity of the turbines has varied due to First Wind changing turbine models but it appears that ten of the turbines will be Vestas V112-3.0 MW.
This recent photo of the wind turbines on Lowell Mountain in northern Vermont in a lightning storm provokes the thoughts of the dangers of forest fires as these machines are erected throughout heavily forested areas in northern New England.
Fire struck another wind turbine in Illinois at a facility near Sublette. Smoke could be seen from miles away. This event occured within 24 hours of several tornados touching down in the same area.
The flaming turbine is part of Iberdrola Renewables' Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project located in Livingston County, IL. The 300 megawatt facility includes 150 Gamesa G87 2.0 MW turbines. It was placed in-service in March 2010. Residents reported that fire crews were acting “traffic control only”. Iberdrola trucks arrived after fire crews left. The turbine was still burning when Iberdrola left.
A wind turbine at Iberdrola's Farmers City Wind Power Project in Atchison County Missouri burst into flames. The project uses 73 Gamesa G87 2MW turbines and became operational in 2010.
Numerous residents living within, or in the environs of Duke Energy's Shirley Wind project in the Town of Glenmore, WI are now displaying 4' x 4' yard signs stating what the Brown County Board of Health officially declared, namely, that the Shirley Wind turbines are "a human health hazard" There are now 20 families displaying the signs, many of which are shown on this page. Visitors to this page are encouraged to share these photos with others. The photos can be downloaded in high resolution by clicking the links below.
A wind turbine caught fire at the wind farm outside Ocotillo.
A GE 1.85 MW turbine (#D12) with an 87-meter rotor collapsed at the Buffalo Dunes wind farm, located near Garden City, Kansas. The failure occurred in the morning of Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. It was not clear at the time if weather was a factor. An investigation is underway.
The wind farm in Van Wert County, Ohio.
A lightning strike damaged one of the wind turbines at the Horseshoe Bend Wind Park outside Great Falls.
There was another turbine blade failure at the Wildcat Wind I facility owned by E.ON Climate and Renewables. The incident occurred sometime during the evening of April 2nd. The turbine is located just east of 500 East and north of Hiway 28 in Tipton County.This is the second blade failure at the project since February. The 200 MW project, consisting of 125 GE 1.6 XLE turbines was placed in service at the end of 2012. No cause of failure has been reported although lightning is an expected cause. The broken blade was found on the ground between 75-100 feet from the tower.
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.
DTE Energy's 112 MW Echo Wind project is under construction in the townships of Elkton, Chandler, and Oliver in Michigan's Huron County. Construction of the wind facility's 70 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines was completed in mid-October. GE's commissioning of the project was scheduled to be completed by the end of November. The company suspended commissioning activities after experiencing a catastrophic blade failure on Nov. 7, 2013.