Orangeville done after blade-break

Developer Invenergy has brought into service its 94MW Orangeville wind farm in New York State, where commissioning was disrupted by a turbine-blade breakage last year.

A number of new blades were shipped to the plant after the breakage on one of the 58 GE 1.6-100 turbines being commissioned at the wind farm in Wyoming County.

In December, GE said it determined that the root cause of the Orangeville blade break and another at a Michigan wind farm owned by utility DTE Energy was a “spar cap manufacturing anomaly”.

The turbine manufacturer pledged to put extra controls in place in a bid to prevent future problems.

Orangeville is sited near Invenergy’s 112.5MW Sheldon Wind Farm, which began operations in 2009.

Power produced by Orangeville will be sold into the wholesale markets managed by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).