The Power of Wind!

I visited the Highland Wind Farm with CMU’s Energy Club over the weekend. It was super cool, I learned a lot and took a bunch of pictures.

Background:

The Highland North Wind Farm is located in the townships of Adams and Summerhill, Pennsylvania. The turbines are situated on mixed use land owned by both public and private landowners. Construction began in the Spring of 2011, and the farm became operational in early 2012. The project uses 30 Nordex N100 turbine generators manufactured in Arkansas, each with a nameplate rating of 2.5 MW. In total, the Highland North Wind Farm generates enough electricity to power approximately 18,000 homes annually.

Economic Benefits of the Highland North Wind Farm
• Approximately $5.5 million in tax revenue to the state, local townships and Forest Hills School District over the life of the project
• Over $3 million in local goods and services for operation and maintenance over the life of the project
• 9 full-time operation and maintenance staff operate the Highland and Highland North Wind Farms

Environmental Benefits of the Highland North Wind Farm
• EverPower has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and has been an industry leader, implementing various methods that can reduce potential environmental impacts
The project will offset:
• Approximately 126,000 tons of offset CO2 each year

The Highland North Wind Farm is located in the townships of Adams and Summerhill, Pennsylvania. The turbines are situated on mixed use land owned by both public and private landowners. Construction began in the Spring of 2011, and the farm became operational in early 2012. The project uses 30 Nordex N100 turbine generators manufactured in Arkansas, each with a nameplate rating of 2.5 MW. In total, the Highland North Wind Farm generates enough electricity to power approximately 18,000 homes annually.

Economic Benefits of the Highland North Wind Farm
• Approximately $5.5 million in tax revenue to the state, local townships and Forest Hills School District over the life of the project
• Over $3 million in local goods and services for operation and maintenance over the life of the project
• 9 full-time operation and maintenance staff operate the Highland and Highland North Wind Farms

Environmental Benefits of the Highland North Wind Farm
• EverPower has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and has been an industry leader, implementing various methods that can reduce potential environmental impacts
The project will offset:
• Approximately 126,000 tons of offset CO2 each year

A few Pictures from the tour:

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Inside the turbine…

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The above information is from the EverPower website where you can find more info about how wind works and more about their projects and workers. You can also find more info about the Nordex wind turbines here.

Pictures were taken by me at the Highland wind farm; more can be found on my FaceBook.

You can also check out some cool training material here.

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