Florida Power and Light ( FPL Energy ) wind farm using Zond Energy Systems wind turbines. Wind mill failure, North Palm Springs, California

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Wind mill crippled when support tower fails during high winds at Florida Power & light (FPL Energy) owned wind farm in North Palm Springs, California.
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Structure failure of the support tower finds a wind Zond wind turbine dangling 200 feet above the ground with its blades mangled.

'We produce more wind than anybody'
- Florida Power & Light

Most of the time, that is. But not in the case of this failed Zond Energy Systems wind turbine crippled following recent high winds at the a North Palm Springs, California wind farm owned by Florida Power & Light.

The failure of the wind turbine was the result of a tower failure, leaving the approximate 50,000 pound wind turbine dangling over 200 feet above the ground. Tower workers inspecting the damage shortly after the failure in March, 2005 said the turbine would be left to fall citing the danger of trying to remove it. 

However, in early April the company did attempt to fell the tower by cutting the four stanchion legs of the tower at ground level and then attempting to topple the tower using a front loader. The tower still stands as of this writing.


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Florida Power & Light (FPL Energy) is the largest U.S. generator of wind power, with 44 wind farms in 15 states. FPL Energy generated nearly 40 percent of the total wind energy in the nation in 2004.

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A view approaching the North Palm Springs wind farm traveling east on Interstate 10.

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