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Turbines erected at Community Wind South to be tallest in Minnesota

September 26, 2012

Aaron Peterson stands near the hub that will be used to mount the blades of one of the two mega-watt wind turbines to be erected in the Reading-Wilmont area. 
 Fulda Free Press Carol Schreiber
Fulda Free Press Carol Schreiber
Aaron Peterson stands near the hub that will be used to mount the blades of one of the two mega-watt wind turbines to be erected in the Reading-Wilmont area.
By Carol Schreiber


The newest of several wind farms in the southwestern Minnesota area is presently being erected in the Reading-Wilmont area of Nobles County.

Community Wind South, which features community ownership by the landowners, is in the process of erecting 15 two mega-watt turbines.

Operated by juwi Wind, these turbines will be the tallest in Minnesota to date, according to Aaron Peterson, Community Relations and Regulatory Affairs Manager. “They will be over 430 feet to the top of the blade, to get more wind, and make more power,” Peterson said.

An opportunity was given last week for members of the media and for local legislative candidates to tour one of the ‘in-process’ construction sites. Candidates were able to learn more about the legislative aspects of wind energy. Cheryl Avenel-Navara and Al Kruse were in attendance.

While not yet erected, the wind turbines in the Reading-Wilmont area are nearly ready to be raised. Peterson indicated that it won’t take very long, once the final parts arrive on site. Construction began this spring, and should be completed this fall.

Still to be delivered are the sections of the tower. The blades, hub and nacelle (generator portion) are on site, as is the crane to erect these turbines.

A wider base is needed for the taller turbines, twelve feet deep in a fifty foot circle. “There are about 53 truckloads of cement in the base,” Peterson said.

The cans are in place, which the turbine will be erected on. “That’s six feet tall and weighs 26,000 pounds,” Peterson added.

Three blades are aligned, waiting to be mounted to the hub of the turbine. Each blade is 150 feet long, and eighty bolts will be used to attach each to the hub.

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