Crane makes first lifts on Glacier Hills Wind Park
Photos and description courtesy of We Energies:
A large, telescopic crane is being used to erect the first of 90 wind turbines at the Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County, Wis. Eleven trains from Colorado are delivering the 148-foot-long fiberglass blades, and the nacelles, which house the gearboxes and generators. More than 800 trucks are delivering the steel towers, which are composed of four flanged sections totaling 262 feet, from Manitowoc, Wis.
The project is on track to be completed by the end of 2011, with all 90 foundations poured and 20 miles of access roads needed for delivery of the turbine components completed. The substation, which was designed, tested and energized by Customer Operations staff, also is complete.
We Energies developed a Wisconsin-based alliance to design and build the wind park. The construction alliance includes The Boldt Co. of Appleton, Michels Corp. of Brownsville and Edgerton Contractors Inc. of Oak Creek.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) gave final approval to the revised plan for the Glacier Hills project on May 14, 2010. The project will produce up to 162 megawatts, capable of providing power to more than 45,000 homes.
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