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Another GE Blade Failure at Invenergy 's Prairie Breeze Wind Farm…

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 10, 2014


Credit:  May 8, 2014 by lmorgan | The Elgin Review | ~~

It sounded like sheet metal falling down.” (at Invenergy’s Prairie Breeze (Nebraska).)
That’s how rural resident Jerry Kallhoff described the structural failure of a wind turbine blade which broke off a Prairie Breeze Wind Energy tower Sunday afternoon at a location southwest of Elgin.
The turbine, the project’s 11th unit, remains non-operational at this time as we work with the turbine manufacturer, GE, to determine the cause of this incident.
Turbine #11 is located about a quarter-mile south of the intersection of 835th Road and 515th Avenue in Antelope County, approximately 8 miles west of the city of Elgin.
Kallhoff said he was out in his yard working when he heard a loud noise come from the south. When he looked up, he saw pieces of a wind turbine blade falling to the ground from a wind tower located just over a mile from his house.
It marks the second time in less than two weeks that there has been a structural failure on a wind turbine blade.
On April 21, a similar failure took place on the wind farm’s 51st unit located northwest of Petersburg in Boone County.
In both cases, immediately after the structural failure, the wind turbines ceased operation.
During the construction phase of the wind farm, it was determined that a number of GE wind turbine blades would have to be replaced due to abnormalities discovered after the blades were installed on wind turbines.
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1 Comment
  • Hal Wolfgang
    Posted at 09:20h, 10 May

    But its green energy. Its soooo good for us. Just live with it you complainers. This planet belongs to the Al Gores and GEs of this corrupt system. You useless eaters have no rights to live or breath. Just die why don’t you and stop the whining. The polar bears are drowning, the ice is melting, the sky is falling and the new name for chicken little is “enviro-waco dupes.” And for those of you reading this from Paris, where you don’t have a real news paper…this is what you call sarcasm. Just saying….