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Faulty blade blamed for wind turbine collapse  

Credit:  By Paul Pedro | Blackburn News | April 2, 2018 | blackburnnews.com ~~

A broken wind turbine sits in a field near Drake Rd. and 16 Line in Chatham-Kent. Photo taken Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Paul Pedro)

TerraForm Power has concluded that a faulty blade was the cause of a wind turbine collapse in Chatham-Kent in January.

“After fully satisfying review by independent, third-party professionals, as well as our own engineering team, our Raleigh wind facility has returned to service as of Thursday, March 29,” Chad Reed, the company’s director of investor relations, said in an email to Blackburn News. “The review confirmed that the collapse of a turbine at the facility earlier this year was caused by a single faulty blade.”

He adds no other similar issues were identified through the review process.

Reed says the power company “will continue to regularly and rigorously monitor all [51] turbines as part of our ongoing review and maintenance process.”

The tower collapsed January 19 at Drake Rd. and 16 Line.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Source:  By Paul Pedro | Blackburn News | April 2, 2018 | blackburnnews.com

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