Wind Wire: New software halts radar threat

UNITED STATES: A 1950s radar system no longer threatens an 845MW wind project in north-eastern Oregon, after power producer Caithness Energy received the go-ahead in April to begin construction.

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The Federal Aviation Administration had threatened to block the project, the first in the US to use GE 2.5MW turbines, because of concerns about the radar station in Fossil, Oregon, some 110 kilometres from the project site. Software upgrades are expected to minimise any radar-signature disturbances from the turbines and the project is planned for completion within 18 months.

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