Ohio community BigWind turbine ‘shatters’ with blade chunks flying over large area

Read this and you will question the true intentions of Ohio Senator Cliff Hite, as strong rumors ‘blow’ that he will be proposing to SHORTEN the industrial wind turbine setbacks. If successful, and someone is killed/injured, will he be liable? …The damaged waterfront wind turbine in Conneaut, Ohio was a 400 kw wind turbine and it is industrial size. The broken down wind turbine next to the middle school in Conneaut, Ohio and close to I-90 is a 600 kw wind turbine. The elementary school wind turbine broke down three weeks after installation in 2010 and continues to be broken down.

The federal stimulus cash grant program gave NexGen:

$ 347,309 for its India built wind turbine on 6/8/10, it is located on the Conneaut, Ohio waterfront next to the sewer plant (and public road)

$ 490,964 for its India built wind turbine on 6/2/10, it is located right next to the Conneaut, Ohio middle school.

The U.S. DOE Office of Energy, Efficiency and Renewable Energy had a webinar in 2010 promoting community scale wind turbines and used the Conneaut, Ohio wind turbines as their example of a successful community program. Former Governor Strickland encouraged Ohio communities to develop community wind projects and reportedly provided at least $ five million dollars in grant funding….

Administrators in Conneaut are assessing damage to the city’s wastewater treatment plant caused by lightning that struck a wind turbine adjacent to the plant early Saturday morning. The turbine, which supplements electricity used by the sewage plant, lost a blade when lightning hit about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.  A power surge penetrated the plant and might have affected some equipment in the building, City Manager James Hockaday said Monday.”We’re still waiting for a summary,” he said. “There is no cost estimate.“Chunks of the shattered blade were strewn across a wide area, including Marina Drive, Hockaday said.

The turbine is no stranger to bolts from the blue. In August 2011, a lightning strike damaged a blade that was replaced several months later.

The 400-kilowatt turbine, perched at the edge of Lake Erie, was constructed in January 2010 by its owner, NexGen Energy of Boulder, Colorado. A 10-year contract obliges the city to purchase energy from NexGen for the plant for a 10-year period that expires in 2020…

Another NexGen wind turbine, a 600-kilowatt model adjacent to Conneaut Middle School on Gateway Avenue, has been idle for years. NexGen is suing the manufacturer, alleging parts were defective….

Repairs to the school turbine won’t happen until the lawsuit is settled, NexGen officials have said.

Source: Conneaut assessing damage from turbine lightning strike | Local News | starbeacon.com