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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.
Another of the 112 Siemens turbines at the Ocotillo Wind Energy facility in California has been destroyed. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the failure.
Avangrid Renewables, previously known as Iberdrola, built and now owns and operates the Locust Ridge I and II wind energy facilities. Phase I consists of 13 Gamesa G87 2.0 megawatt turbines. Phase II includes 51 Gamesa G83 2.0 megawatt turbines. The phases were placed in service in 2007 and 2009 respectively. There have been at least four other turbine fire events at the Locust Ridge facility since the turbines were erected including in December 2020, May 2018, March 2014 and in May 2009. Visit this link to watch a video of the burning turbine.
A wind turbine located in Montaves, Soria in Spain ignited in flames.
A wind turbine caught fire in southwest Taylor County in Texas. Crews worked through the night to contain the flames but it had already spread to 200 acres and was only contained by 50%. The fire appears to be caused by turbines at the Buffalo Gap wind energy facility located SSW of Mulberry Canyon. Buffalo Gap was built in three phases beginning in 2006. Phase I consists of 67 Vestas V80 turbines for a total capacity of 120.6 MW. Phases II and III include 155 GE SLE turbines and 74 Siemens turbines. The total installed capacity for the three phases is 523.2 MW. The fire is being called the Rhodes Ranch 3 fire. The Rhodes Ranch 1 fire, which happened in 2009 and burned 2000 acres, was also caused by a wind turbine. Buffalo Gap is owned and operated by AES Wind Energy.
A railroad bridge burns Thursday night (Aug. 2, 2018) in Arlington, Oregon. Firefighters said a wind turbine caught fire, sparking a blaze.
Wind-warped turbine sits still about a half mile north of E29 on Highway 65. One of the blades was bent like a rabbit ear due to storm-related winds that came through Central Iowa last week. It was the only one with this kind of damage in the pod of turbines.
The incident involved one of 5 turbines at the Ransonmoor wind farm located in the Fens of Cambridgeshire. The project consists of 2 Senvion MM82 and 3 Gamesa G80 wind turbines for a total nameplate capacity is 10.1 MW. The Gamesa turbines were placed in sevrice in 2007; the Senvion turbines followed a year later in 2008. The damaged turbine was built by Gamesa.
Oklahoma Forestry Services reports that on March 28 a wind turbine two miles south of Weatherford caught fire, throwing sparks to the ground. The sparks caused a grass fire that was contained after growing to approximately five acres. Eight fire engines responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire.
Thick, black smoke fills the sky as a turbine burns in Weatherford Oklahoma. The turbine is part of NextEra's Weatherford Wind Energy Center commissioned in 2005. The project consists of 98 GE1.5sle (1.5MW) turbines for a total nameplate capacity of 147 MW.
The citizens group, Gegenwind Borchen, shows on its website photos of fiberglass parts of shredded turbine blades scattered several hundred meters away. The fragments are from an Enercon E-115 turbine that experienced a catastrophic failure within days of the turbine being erected. The mayor of Borchen, Reiner Allerdissen, called for an immediate halt to construction at the facility until the cause of the failure is known. The turbine stands about 200 meters (656 feet) high.
The turbine that collapsed was a GE 1.5MW xle, placed in service in 2011 by US-based Invenergy as part of the 52-turbine (78 MW) Raleigh wind facility in Chatham-Kent in southwest Ontario. The project was sold to Terraform in 2015. No information has been released as to the cause of the failure.
A wind turbine lies in a field after it collapsed during storm 'Burglind' in Volksdorf near Hanover, Germany. The 70-meter tower collapse happened on Wednesday, Jan. 3 2018 after parts of the rotor had broken. Nobody was injured.
DTE Energy's Sigel wind energy facility experienced another blade failure. Other blades have failed in recent years at the same project. The Sigel project is comprised of 40 GE 1.6-100 towers and was placed in service in October 2012.
This aerial picture taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows how hurricane-force winds shredded one of the Vestas turbines at the Punta de Lima project in Puerto Rico. The Punta de Lima Wind facility, developed by Gestamp Wind, began operation in April 2013 and includes 13 Vestas 1.8 megawatt turbines for a total capacity of 23.4 megawatts.
Another turbine failure has been reported at Michigan's Deerfield wind facility in Huron County. The Deerfield project includes a mix of Vestas V110 2MW and 2.2MW machines for a total installed capacity of 150 MW. Two blades on separate turbines broke in half in late 2016 when the project was in the process of being commissioned. There was “an anomaly in the manufacturing process that resulted in a cavity in the blade shell support structure where the blades broke,” Vestas told reNEWS. Fifty blades in the 72-turbine facility shared the same flaw. No information is available on the cause of this recent failure.
The incident involved a 1.7 MW GE turbine at the Shannon (204 MW) wind facility outside of Windthorst TX which was placed in service December 2015.
One of the 44 GE 1.7 MW turbines sited at NextEra's Steele Flats wind facility suffered a catastrophic collapse. The 74.8-megawatt wind plant located in Jefferson and Gage Counties, Nebraska was placed in service in October 2013.
There was another fire at an operating wind plant in Texas. The turbine was part of the 174 MW Salt Fork Wind project, located in Donley and Gray Counties, east of Amarillo. The 87 Vestas V100 (2.0 MW) wind turbines was installed by EDF Renewables and placed into service in December 2016. EDF Renewables sold the facility to the Southern Company. Photos courtesy of Greg Hendricks.