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Sheila Manning, the secretary in the town administrator's office, said Wednesday that Solaya, the company that operates the turbine, has been testing and replacing wiring and other parts of the turbine's electrical control system. The 390-foot-high turbine was hit by lightning around 8 or 9 p.m. June 24, as a strong thunderstorm rolled through the area.
Sumul Shah, president of Solaya, the operators of Scituate Wind, confirmed the turbine was hit by lightning and has numerous electrical issues that are still being worked out. As of Monday afternoon, Shah said repairs would continue for the next few days.
Problems with the Hanover wind turbine have been coming up so frequently that Lumus construction, the company building it, wants the India-based manufacturing company, Siva, to send an inspector from India to help get the turbine up and running. But that inspector needs to get here first.
If it turns out it is a manufacturer's problem the $95,000 PMLD paid up front for the gear box replacement will be returned and Jake would pay for the gearbox, said Allen. Then the company will look at the loss of revenue issue, he said.
The town's wind turbine, located at Portsmouth High School, has remained motionless since May 10 after an error code alerted town workers to a problem on site. "The short story is Lumus believes the fault is in a pressure sensor and they are having difficulty locating a replacement part."
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's wind turbine at the DeLauri Sewer Pump Station will be shut down in the coming weeks as a concrete ring and new piles are installed around the existing foundation. Workers performing a routine inspection of the turbine in February found that its foundation settled faster than expected, according to the authority.
After the crack was analyzed, replacing the blade was considered, but last Wednesday Hyundai engineers decided to remove a section of the blade and replace it with new material, Ruiz said.
The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority has reiterated its claim that the Charlestown wind turbine with its floating foundation that has been sinking remains safe and has been constructed with a safety factor twice that of which is required.
The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s new wind turbine in Charlestown has apparently sunk about 2 inches causing significant worry that the structural integrity of the 426,000 pound turbine is at risk.
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority honchos and engineers met yesterday to figure out a fix for the $4.7 million wind turbine, which started turning in October, only to power down last month when crews discovered it had settled about 2 inches, agency officials said. Possible causes, they said, include soil conditions and vibrations from a sudden shutdown triggered by high winds.
Two of the three blades on the 15,000 Kw wind turbine at Peck's Boats in Marstons Mills broke off in high-gusting winds early Sunday morning. It was a bad day for windmills in Marstons Mills. At Peck's Boats, two of the three blades of its 15,000 Kw turbine broke from the 100-foot tall installation.
Around 12 p.m. Sunday, two blades of a wind turbine were reportedly blown off during the strong nor’easter ravaging Cape Cod. According to spectators near the scene, two blades atop the approximately 60 foot wind turbine blew off around noon.
A portion of one of the blades on the Bartlett's Ocean View Farm windmill broke off at some point Sunday night and plummeted to the ground below.
Early Monday morning, a 20-foot-plus piece of one of the blades on Bartlett's Ocean View Farm's wind turbine snapped off and fell to the ground nearby. The wind turbine immediately shut down. There were no reported injuries when the blade struck the surrounding farmland, said John Bartlett.
DARTMOUTH - One of the many casualties of this weekend's storm was a windmill installed by former state Rep. Mark A. Howland. Arthur Larrivee paid Mr. Howland $16,000 for a windmill and solar panel system for his home at 620 Tucker Road and received everything he asked for: two windmills atop 35-foot-high poles, four solar panels and electrical equipment to convert the power generated into electricity. But on Monday morning, he woke to find that the steel poles of one windmill had snapped clean off about 4 feet above the ground, leaving the windmill lying on the ground. "I honestly couldn't believe it," said Mr. Larrivee, a real estate broker and Republican activist. "It had to be a flaw in the piping."
PRINCETON — On February 21, when Princeton Light Department Manager Jonathan Fitch drove over Westminster Road to check on the windmills, he got an unpleasant surprise.