Summerside wind turbine damaged by Dorian back online this week


Summerside wind turbine damaged by Dorian back online this week

Summerside Electric hopes to have the second of two wind turbines damaged by post-tropical storm Dorian back online later this week. It suffered a crack in one of its blades and had to be removed so repairs could be made. – Colin MacLean

Summerside Electric expects its wind farm to be fully operational again sometime this week.

The City of Summerside-owned utility suffered damage to two of its four wind turbines when post-tropical storm Dorian swept through the province on Sept. 7 and 8.

One turbine suffered a broken transformer. A special crane had to be brought in to help replace the equipment. It was brought back online around Oct. 14.

A second turbine required more extensive repairs as one of its three massive blades cracked.

Greg Gaudet, director of municipal services for the city, said it was determined that the blade did not have to be replaced, so it was removed, repaired over several days and reinstalled this past weekend. It is expected to be back online this week.

Gaudet said he’d hoped to have the second turbine back online sooner, but the special crane needed to do the work is in high-demand and was unavailable until now. There was also more bad weather in the interim that delayed repairs.

The cost to repair the damage is in excess of $150,000. The city is working with its insurer to determine whether the repairs and any potential lost revenue for the utility will be covered.

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