Turbine repairs continue

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Lightning strike puts RCMP wind power on the fritz

AMHERST - The Cumberland RCMP's new detachment isn't so energy efficient after a mid-summer lightning strike disabled the facility's wind turbine.

AMHERST - The Cumberland RCMP's new detachment isn't so energy efficient after a mid-summer lightning strike disabled the facility's wind turbine.

"It's been broken for about two months now," Const. Paul Calder said. "We had a lightning storm back in July and the tower took a couple of direct hits."

Electrical engineer Paul Pyn, who erected the 24-metre tall turbine in 2005, was at the detachment Sept. 20 assessing the damage done to the electrical components associated with the turbine.

"They think there was a major surge from the lightning that fried some components in the computer that runs the thing," he said.

The turbine was erected in early May 2005 as part of the $2.3-million construction of the detachment's new home.

The 50-kilowatt turbine, constructed by Atlantic Orient of Dartmouth in conjunction with Black and MacDonald, was expected to provide approximately 55 per cent of the power requirements for the detachment and is tied into the Nova Scotia Power grid.

It's expected to save the RCMP approximately $13,000 annually in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 150 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

Calder said it's unknown how much longer the turbine will be offline.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: AMHERST

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