Raising A Turbine

raising01On March 29, 1999 Kotzebue Electric Association installed another AOC 15/50 wind turbine, one of a batch of seven that went up this past winter, more than tripling the size of the wind farm.

Preparation for putting up these turbines took months.

All pieces needed to be transported to Kotzebue and the wind farm site and put together. Pilings were anchored deep in the ground to hold the towers. Control houses were built and electric wiring and controls installed.

Putting up the turbines is just the last part of the process, but it’s an exciting all day effort that is satisfying after all that work.

Share the experience by viewing these photos. Thanks to KEA members and all in the community that have supported the effort to bring wind power to Kotzebue.