Wind tower broken

The broken turbine northeast of Neligh is one of 81 on a wind energy center completed in January.

NELIGH, Neb. — A wind turbine on a farm northeast of here lay crumpled on the ground Friday morning.

The turbine is one of 81 that make up the 200-MW Upstream Wind Energy Center, which was completed in January.

The turbine appeared to have a distinct break along the trunk near its base.

Beth Conley, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Invenergy, said the company is investigating.

“One turbine was impacted, and the wind farm remains fully operational and is generating electricity,” she said.

A storm moved through the area Friday, but Conley was unable to say whether the storm played a role in the toppling of the turbine.

Neligh is about 35 miles northwest of Norfolk.

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