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RCMP turbine idle again

For the third time since it went online, the wind turbine at the RCMP detachment in West Amherst is on the fritz. ...The turbine, which cost $225,000 to erect, broke down during a 2007 electrical storm and failed in 2008 after a fire in an electrical panel.

AMHERST - For the third time since it went online, the wind turbine at the RCMP detachment in West Amherst is on the fritz.

"We had another fire in the electrical panel and we've shut it down," Staff Sgt. Frank Kingston of the Cumberland RCMP said Friday. "It was the same panel in which we had a fire before. It was an electrical fire."

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The centerpiece of the new detachment when it opened in 2005, the 80-foot tall turbine was expected to save the RCMP about $13,000 annually in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases by 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Kingston said engineers were onsite last week to review the situation and he's awaiting their report. The turbine will not go back online the repairs are complete.

The turbine, which cost $225,000 to erect, broke down during a 2007 electrical storm and failed in 2008 after a fire in an electrical panel.

AMHERST - For the third time since it went online, the wind turbine at the RCMP detachment in West Amherst is on the fritz.

"We had another fire in the electrical panel and we've shut it down," Staff Sgt. Frank Kingston of the Cumberland RCMP said Friday. "It was the same panel in which we had a fire before. It was an electrical fire."

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The centerpiece of the new detachment when it opened in 2005, the 80-foot tall turbine was expected to save the RCMP about $13,000 annually in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases by 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Kingston said engineers were onsite last week to review the situation and he's awaiting their report. The turbine will not go back online the repairs are complete.

The turbine, which cost $225,000 to erect, broke down during a 2007 electrical storm and failed in 2008 after a fire in an electrical panel.


Source: http://www.amherstdaily.com...

FEB 15 2010
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