Wind Farm in Somerset & Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
We first saw these wind turbines from 30 miles away! Imagine how thrilled we were to discover that our route (Hwy 219 N from Maryland) would take us nearby. My photo does not capture the magnitude of this sight. Each windmill is the height of a 30 story building! I found the following excerpt about this wind farm in a posting on the internet.
"Each of these wind turbines is capable of generating 1500 kilowatts of power. Each turbine stands atop a tower that is approximately 210 feet high. Each of its 3 blades is more than 115 feet long. When the wind on this ridge reaches 8 miles an hour, it begins turning the blades in a circular motion, driving an electric generator inside the turbine. When the wind speed reaches about 30 miles an hour, the turbine is producing its maximum amount of electricity. It continues to generate power at this rate until the wind speeds exceed 55 miles per hour, at which time the turbine will turn itself off for safety purposes. If you were holding onto the tip of a blade when it was moving at full speed, you would be spinning in a circle at more than 165 miles per hour!"
Here's more: Wind Farm.
Check out our blog for more information on the trip: Travels with Gail and Sid