Western MD turbines set to make power?

The state's first industrial wind project is almost ready to begin generating electricity, the Cumberland Times-News reports.

Construction is nearly complete on the 28 turbines that Constellation Energy has been erecting along an eight-mile stretch of Backbone Mountain south of Oakland in Garrett County, the paper reports.  Crews working since March have broken down the tall cranes used to put up the towering turbines, which stand 415 feet high from the ground to the tip of their rotor.  (The photo above is of one being assembled in July.)

Employees for Clipper Windpower, which made the turbines, are checking each one over and have cleared more than half to begin generating power, the paper reports.  At least some should be ready to start operating within the next week.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor)

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