Wind Turbine Collapse Under Investigation In Ontario

TerraForm Power has confirmed that a wind turbine collapsed early Friday morning at its Raleigh Wind Power Facility, located in Dillon, Ontario.

Chad Reed, director of investor relations at TerraForm, told North American Windpower that the Jan. 19 incident “did not cause any injuries or impact to the broader community.”

He says the company’s team is currently on-site to determine the cause of the collapse. In turn, the entire wind farm has been taken offline while an inspection of the site takes place.

“We are making progress on the inspection and expect to complete it within the coming weeks,” Reed says. “As a precaution, the facility will remain offline until the inspection is complete.”

The 78 MW Raleigh wind farm has been operating since January 2011. Formerly owned by Invenergy, the project was sold to TerraForm Power in December 2015.

Monte McNaughton, member of provincial parliament (MPP) for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, has tweeted a photo of the incident and called for an “immediate moratorium” on other planned wind farms in the area:

TerraForm Power adds that it will offer more details on the collapse once its investigation is complete.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Completely in agreement with the comments by Tod K on the collapsing wind turbine at the 78 MW Raleigh (Canada) wind farm. I would not like to go that far to accuse the politician being an anti wind advocate; However, his solution is too much over-dramatic and does not follow the common sense followup solution.

  2. One tower going down should not prevent anyone from drinking/pumping well water, unless this particular wind turbine’s power was routed directly to those 17 families, which seems very unlikely.

    The moratorium should be on purchase and installation of towers from whoever manufactured this tower. The thickness and composition of the metal should be investigated, and then other towers from that company should be examined for similar faults.

    The wording of McNaughton’s message …from one of YOUR local wind turbine projects… makes it obvious that he is an opponent of wind energy. If someone’s oil pipeline had sprung a leak, would he call for the shutdown of any other oil pipelines?

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