Kenetech has apparently found the cause of the November blade failures on two of its 90 KVS-33 turbines in Tarifa. Town major José Fuentes Pacheco was told last month by Kenetech's Michael Hass that the problem was being fixed and the 30 MW wind farm would soon be back on line. According to the company the project had been closed down because of the threat of flying blades. The wind farm is sited near a public road. Hass did not identify the cause of the failure, only informing Pacheco that "any new components" installed in the wind turbines would undergo thorough testing at Kenetech's California headquarters. The blades came off on November 11 and 17 and according to eye witnesses snapped off at the root. Hass was not available for comment in mid December. Neither was company spokesman Bud Grebey.
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