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Construction of Xcel Energy’s Courtenay Wind Farm, North Dakota  

Author:  | North Dakota, Technology


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  • 100 Vestas V100 2-MW turbines
  • Nearly 25,000 acres (101 km²)
  • 22 miles of access roads
  • Substation transformer: 262,000 pounds
  • Substation increases voltage for transmission lines
  • 17.1-mile 115-kV overhead transmission line from collection substation to interconnect substation
  • More than 150 miles of underground cable in 50 miles of trench
  • Tower base (platform) excavation depth: 9 feet
  • 360 cubic yards of concrete, 28 tons of reinforcing steel
  • Tower base (bottom third): 96,000 pounds, 128 anchor bolts
  • Nacelle: 163,650 pounds
  • Hub height: 262 feet
  • Turbine blade: length 161 feet, weight 17,000 pounds
  • Total height: 426 feet
  • Blade diameter: 328 feet
  • Blade sewep area: 1.94 acres

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