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Big Blue Wind Farm rises

September 26, 2012
Jodelle Greiner - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

GUCKEEN - There's a lot of work going on in the fields south of Guckeen and not all of it involves bringing in the harvest.

Large cranes tower over dried cornstalks and soybeans. In the past few days, other metal structures have been rising on the prairie.

"The team here is in the process of unloading and erecting the turbines," said Evan Fagan, president of Fagan, Inc., based in Granite Falls. When the project is finished, 18 turbines will stand as part of the Big Blue Wind Farm, generating electricity from a natural resource Minnesota has in abundance.

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RISING?HIGH?— Two wind turbines are being erected between Blue Earth and Guckeen by Fagan, Inc. Components for the towers will continue to be delivered.

Fagan, Inc. has been the contractor since the beginning of the project. The construction is generating local dollars as Fagan works with "a lot of vendors in both Blue Earth and Fairmont, like Fastenal, NAPA, and the hardware stores."

Components of the turbines - the base, mid, top, nacelle and blades - will keep arriving over the next month or so. Crews are working on only about half of the total, unloading components as they come in and moving on to the next tower as needed, Fagan said.

The pieces are hefty - Fagan said the nacelle is the heaviest at 150,000 pounds since it contains the big turbine engine - which is why they need the cranes.

"We have three different sizes to unload and assemble the turbines," Fagan said

The structures will take time to assemble, but Fagan expects to have one to three towers fully erected by Sunday.

"For sure, one will be standing," he said.

As for when the turbines will start producing, Fagan is shooting for December.



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