Wind can be dangerous and it can also provide fun. I’ve showed you that already over the past few days. But with a planet that is quickly running out of resources, wind can also provide us with power that does not generate greenhouse gases. In 2005, the township just south of us began building the Melancthon wind facility, Ontario’s first utility-scale wind facility. It is one of the largest such projects in Canada, with 133 wind turbines producing 200 megawatts of power. The facility is located near Shelburne, Ontario.
Seeing wind turbines from afar, it’s obvious that they are large, but when you stand at the base of one, it blows your mind. They are massive!! Living in the area, we were able to watch all the different stages of the assembly of a wind turbine. The base is composed of three pieces (I’m pretty sure it was 3) which are assembled with a massive crane, and then the head and the blades are lifted to the top. Each blade is brought to the site on a custom made tractor trailer bed where the blade sits on two sets of independent axles, with the rear axles being controlled remotely for turning. This means that the truck can turn part way around a corner, and then they have to get out and use the remote to work the rear axles to complete the turn. It was very fascinating to watch, and even though there is quite a bit of controversy nowadays about turbines, I think they are beautiful. Here are some photos of the building process and the finished product.