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.
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Wind turbine #126 collapse at Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Express LLC on November 21, 2016. The 265 MW facility, operational since July 2013, consists of 112 German-made Siemens turbines. The Siemens 2.37 MW-108 stand about 500-feet tall.
Kern County firefighters worked to keep a wind turbine fire from spreading to the dry grass below. The project was located in the Oak Creek area off Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road. Oak Creek resident Diana Palmer shared these photos of the effort.
A wind turbine caught fire at the wind farm outside Ocotillo.
Infigen takes down their scorched Kumeyaay Wind turbine following a December 16, 2013 fire which sparked a brush fire on the land leased from the Campo tribe. The 25 Gamesa 1.5 MW turbines were first installed in late 2005 and suffered a still unexplained catastrophic failure during a storm in December 2009 which resulted in all 75 blades and generators being replaced in early 2010. An Infigen v Gamesa lawsuit was settled last year. The Gamesa turbine that burst into flames in December was about 4 years old. These photos show the burning turbine and its dismantling. Note the proximity of homes.
The black smoke westbound Interstate-10 motorists are seeing as they approach Cabazon is what appears to be an electrical fire in a wind turbine engine. The fire is isolated to the gear box. The turbine is on the south side of the freeway. One highway patrol car stood by until crews arrive.
William St. Clair, a General Engineering contractor in California, identified a structural failure on a set of welds in ReDriven's 18 meter tower. The tear was expanding, and the tower section above the tear was off center and shifted.