Turbine collapses at 75-MW NextEra wind park in Nebraska - report
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A General Electric (NYSE:GE) wind turbine has collapsed at the 74.8-MW Steele Flats complex in southeastern Nebraska, owned by NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the Beatrice Daily Sun said on Wednesday.
The turbine tower fell to the ground early on Tuesday morning, causing no injuries. The reason for the accident is still under investigation, NextEra’s manager of communications Bryan Garner told the daily, adding that weather is not considered to be a factor.
NextEra will work with the turbine manufacturer to investigate the failure and rebuild the machine.
The USD-138-million (EUR 123m) Steele Flats wind park consists of 44 GE turbines of 1.7 MW each in Jefferson and Gage counties. The facility started commercial operations in October 2013.
According to media reports from last week, there was an accident with another turbine at a NextEra-owned wind farm. A Clipper machine at the company’s 100-MW Endeavor I Wind Energy Centre in northwestern Iowa has been destroyed by fire, without causing damage to the other 39 units.
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