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Wind turbine goes off road  

Credit:  Written by Joel Banner Baird, Free Press Staff Writer | Burlington Free Press | October 24, 2012 | www.burlingtonfreepress.com ~~

A Georgia Mountain-bound wind turbine blade was delayed, but not damaged when the flatbed truck carrying it sideswiped a guardrail in Fairfax on Wednesday morning, a project spokeswoman said.

Martha Staskus, a vice president with Northeast Wind, said the extra-long flatbed truck sustained “very minor damage,” including two flat tires, near the intersection of Vermont 128 and 104.

Crews made the repairs on-site, and the delivery was expected to continue as planned, Staskus said. The guardrail had minor damage.

The 28,000-pound blade is one of 12 that will be installed at a ridgetop site along the Georgia-Milton line. The four-tower, 10-megawatt array is scheduled to come online before the end of this year, Staskus said.

Electricity from the project will be sold to Burlington Electric Department, and is expected to generate about 27 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually – or the equivalent of the needs of 4,200 average Vermont households, according to Northeast Wind.

The blades arrived last weekend by rail from its manufacturer in Little Rock, Ark.

Source:  Written by Joel Banner Baird, Free Press Staff Writer | Burlington Free Press | October 24, 2012 | www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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