BRINSTON Like an appliance that stops working the day after the one-year warranty has run out, a wind turbine at South Branch Wind Farm has stopped working, one year after its blades began turning in the wind.
One of the 10 turbines at Brinston, south of Winchester, was shut down when the main bearing located between the blades and the generator in the nacelle stopped working. Repairs will take several weeks to complete but the company says it wont be able to start repairs for a few months. The other nine turbines are still running. Siemens, which built the turbine, will cover the cost of fixing it.
Brinston is one of just two wind power projects in Eastern Ontario. The other project has 86 turbines on Wolfe Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Kingston.