Carousel Wind Farm taking shape

CarouselrevisedMost people have seen wind turbines from a distance, but until you get up close and personal to one of these behemoths it is hard to appreciate its scale. Shown is the final assembly of one of the 87 General Electric wind turbines that will comprise the 150-megawatt Carousel Wind Farm now under construction near Burlington, Colo.

In terms of actual size the wind tower base alone measures approximately 240 feet in height and the blades that you see on the rotor being lifted into place are about 150 feet long.

As of late July, The Carousel Wind Farm construction is slightly ahead of schedule, according to owner/operators of the facility, NextEra Energy Resources (Juno Beach, Fla.).  “We are on track for completion of this site before the end of the year,” said Charles Gauger, project manager with NextEra Energy Resources.

The 34,000-acre, Carousel wind site is located entirely in the service territory of Tri-State member K.C. Electric Association. The project is named for the fully restored historic landmark carousel that is located in the town of Burlington.

Once the wind project begins commercial operation, Tri-State will receive the entire generation output of the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

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