Memorial Day weekend we drove over to Ritzville, WA from Western Washinginton.
The wind turbines were an impressive site.
The blades of all the turbines I could see were all turning in the wind!
You can see how big they are next to the cars on the highway.
There are 149 large wind turbines on the crest of Wild Horse Mountain, they generate enough electricity to supply 55,000 households!
- The turbines stand 351 feet tall from base to the tip of a vertical blade.
- Each turbine blade is 129 feet long, 1.6 feet wide at the tip and 11.6 feet wide at the rotors center and weighs over 7 tons!
- The blade rotates clockwise at 15.5 MPH
- Full power occurs at wind speed of 31 MPH, they can generate power with winds as low as 9 MPH
- The blades automatically shut down when winds exceed 56 MPH
- The blades will tilt and pitch to take advantage of the wind and can rotate 360 degrees to track the winds direction.
The last four photos were taken of the display at a rest stop
where one can view these amazing structures!