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WindAction | Operations suspended after blade breaks off wind turbine…

WYOMING COUNTY, N.Y.

Gay’s home in Varysburg is surrounded by wind turbines – 58 of them. The General Electric 1.6 megawatt turbines were recently installed by Invenergy at the Orangeville Wind Farm. Each individual blade is 160 feet long and weighs 20,000 pounds. (windaction.org)

“My husband and I heard a boom, but we thought it was just the hunters and then we realized it was too loud so we thought it was like a cannon and then there was some rumbling and so we thought, maybe it’s thunder,” said Varysburg resident Ginny Gay.

Gay’s home in Varysburg is surrounded by wind turbines – 58 of them. The General Electric 1.6 megawatt turbines were recently installed by Invenergy at the Orangeville Wind Farm.

The turbines are big. From the base to the tip of an upright blade, they stand at 425 feet tall. Each individual blade is 160 feet long and weighs 20,000 pounds.

The loud noise Ginny woke up to Sunday morning wasn’t thunder or a cannon. It was a blade from a turbine behind her home crashing to the ground.

“I can see it out my back window,” said Gay.

It happened just between Centerline Road and State Route 20A.

Ginny said seeing the blade broken was shocking. The turbines are so new she still has pictures of them being put up.

Since construction on the turbines was only completed recently, the turbines were currently being run through a series of standard and operational tests before they could be considered ready… more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Source: http://rochester.ynn.com/co…

The 134-turbine California Ridge Wind Farm, operated by Chicago-based Invenergy LLC, and the 94-turbine Settlers Trail Wind Farm, operated by E.On Climate & Renewables North America, also based in Chicago, feature 1.6-megawatt wind turbines manufactured by GE.

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