Broken Perkins High School wind turbine ripped out

PERKINS TWP. One of the three 60-foot-tall wind turbines at the edge of the Perkins High School stud
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

One of the three 60-foot-tall wind turbines at the edge of the Perkins High School student parking lot lays on the ground. The pole was removed from the 4-foot deep, 60-ton concrete base.

Superintendent Jim Gunner said the manufacturer, ReDriven Power, of Iroquois, Ontario, is looking at all angles of the southernmost turbine's structure to determine what caused the fiberglass blades to break off Feb. 7.

"We have no updates," he said. "The manufacturer is finalizing the investigation as to the malfunction of the blades."

Gunner said he won't allow the remaining turbines -- which were installed in January to cut utility costs at the high school -- to run until they figure out what went wrong.

"We're hoping to have the final reports in by the end of this week or the end of next week at the very latest," Gunner said.