During the past several days, one of the wind turbine blades on this Prairie Breeze Wind Farm tower northwest of Petersburg sustained damage. The cause of the damage has yet to be determined. But, it’s safe to say repairs will need to be made before it becomes operational. E-R photo
Here’s a statement from Invenergy, owner of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm
Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center
“At approximately 1:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 21, a blade on a turbine at our Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center experienced a structural failure, with a section of the blade falling to the ground. No one was injured.
This occurred at the facility’s 51st unit, located east of the intersection of 170th Avenue and 125th Street in Boone County, northwest of the village of Petersburg and southwest of the city of Elgin.
The turbine ceased operation, and is not being operated at this time while we work with GE, the turbine manufacturer, to determine the cause of this incident.”