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Tim Jolly is a fifth-generation McLean County farmer and is looking forward to a safe harvest this fall. However, while farming in the footprint of a wind farm near Lexington, Jolly has major concerns over the potential of falling debris from nearby wind farm turbines from the Bright Stalk Wind Farm.
The nacelle at the top of the structure was alight and falling debris caused a small fire on the ground. Firefighters worked with the site owner and Electricity North West to isolate the power and put a cordon in place to secure the area and allow the fire to burn out safely.
Adair County farmer Curt Beane said the blade crushed the corn below, but nobody was injured. “I work in the field that it came down, and I do have true safety concern,” Beane said. Beane said he does not own the land that the blade fell onto, but he does farm it.
On Thursday, a wing was torn off from one of the turbines in the wind farm at Tönsen. This is the second time this has happened in a short time. Now the wind power company is urging people to keep a safety distance of 300 meters.
Vestas and developer EDP Renewables are investigating after the blade of a V150 4.2MW turbine at the 125MW Timber Road 4 project broke off. The project was commissioned earlier this year.
It started Monday afternoon and was still considered active Friday morning, according to the Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. ...The wildfire continued to run for at least five miles and has burned more than 3,200 acres destroying land in its path.
BRADY — Multiple wildfires have scorched thousands of acres across the Concho Valley in the past three days fueled by dry brush and temperatures reaching above 100 degrees.
SWEETWATER, TX — A wind turbine in Nolan County sparked a wildfire Monday just north of FM 89 near the county line.
The company submitted records to the county showing the agreements have been reached. Levy said the agreements have been executed and the company would e-mail copies of them to the county. In cases where NextEra could not reach agreements with landowners, the company curtailed operations of turbines close to the county residents’ homes so the machines are within the acceptable noise and shadow flicker limits.
The designer of an experimental wind turbine located near Medicine Hat College says an operational decision to lock them from spinning led to one shearing off in high wind on Sunday night. As well, the working relationship between the college and company appears to have ended.
I asked Steve Peters if he knew exactly when the blades in the next section south broke. Peters recalled that, "the blade broke during the morning hours of Dec. 30. Nothing looked wrong at that site until before noon. Steve also said he had heard that 32 turbine sites (96 blades) had blades that needed to be repaired or replaced.
Damage has been identified on the blades of two turbines at the Minsca windfarm near Waterbeck. And operators Ventient Energy this week confirmed replacement blades will be needed.
Conlan Kennedy, NextEra communication specialist, said the turbine was damaged the night of April 16. Members of a NextEra wind technician team said there was a big storm in the area that night and the team was investigating the possibility of a lightning strike but the cause is still under investigation, Kennedy said.
Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls says when they were looking for what may have caused the fire, they noticed some charring on the windmill motor, and with the distance and the wind carrying those sparks, he says it appeared to him that perhaps the wind turbine malfunctioned and shot a spray of sparks out into the field.
“I could smell an electrical type smell for a good while, and my mom smelled it too,” Gregory resident Dolores Moreno said. “I was looking at our own house going room to room thinking it was coming from our home since the smell was pretty strong. A while later I heard the sirens so I knew it wasn’t us.” She also said that she heard someone saying that just before the blaze, they could hear a noise coming from the turbine.
Local officials say that they have no choice but to let the fire burn itself out. They are currently trying to figure out who the wind turbine belongs to so they can contact them to turn off the electricity. The area is being kept clear in case any debris falls off.
"This Sunday afternoon, some parts were disconnected from one of our generators in the municipality of Ilha Grande, in Piauí," said Omega in a note, adding that he hopes to resume the operation of the wind turbine "as soon as possible", but without mentioning deadlines. ...German Siemens, said that a “safety zone” was established around the equipment and that the causes of the problem are being investigated.
Delta 1 started operations in 2014 as the oldest wind farm in the complex, and the only one with Gamesa machines. The other wind farms came online between 2016 and 2019 using GE turbines. In 2019, a GE machine crashed to the ground at the Delta 6 wind farm.
The blade broke on one of the wind turbines on Pine Hill Road in the Town of Cohocton. No one witnessed the blade fall, and no one was injured. Town Supervisor Judy Hall said there are three turbines in that area of Pine Hill Road, with three homes in the vicinity as well.
The narrow half of one of the three blades fell to the earth. Hall said it was her understanding that some debris ended up in a nearby wooded area. She said talks with a former wind company employee indicated the blade was likely spinning at the time of the failure.