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Windmill collapse cause finally revealed 

Credit:  By Gary Redfern, Staff Writer | Imperial Valley Press | Jan 13, 2022 | www.ivpressonline.com ~~

A cracked blade has been revealed to have led to the collapse of this 300-foot-high windmill near Ocotillo on Sept. 16. COURTESY PHOTO

OCOTILLO – The operator of the wind farm near here has released the reason for the September collapse of a 300-foot-high turbine and measures it will take in an effort to prevent further such failures.

“The cause was an external crack that formed in a turbine blade,” Ocotillo Wind facility manager Tony Welsh stated in a Dec. 10 letter released to this newspaper on Jan. 7. “To prevent this from reoccurring, the site team will conduct frequent external blade inspections using drones, in addition to regularly scheduled internal blade inspections.”

Source:  By Gary Redfern, Staff Writer | Imperial Valley Press | Jan 13, 2022 | www.ivpressonline.com

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