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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Two Turbines Up, Forty-four to go

Two wind turbines are up and twirling on Hatchet Ridge overlooking Burney, but they aren’t producing power yet.

Construction workers must erect another 44 turbines and string in the wiring before they start providing electricity in October, said Mike Nevenzel, construction manager for at Hatchet Ridge.

For now the turbines are “free spinning,” or turning in the wind without creating energy.

“They are idling,” he said.

Visible from downtown Burney, the turbines will be strung across 6½ miles on Hatchet Ridge and produce 100 megawatts of power. That’s enough to power 30,000 to 35,000 homes.


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