Wind Project at Turkey Point
LCSWMA, in conjunction with PPL Renewable Energy, installed a 3.2 megawatt wind project at its Frey Farm Landfill in fall of 2010. The Wind Project at Turkey Point, located along the scenic Susquehanna River in Conestoga, PA, directly confronts prevailing winds from the northwest and is located on a non-operational portion of the landfill site.
Through this project, the adjacent Turkey Hill Dairy receives 21-25% of its annual electricity needs from clean, renewable wind energy to power its manufacturing operations. Generating 6.18 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, the output from this project is enough to make 5 million gallons of ice cream.
The Wind Project at Turkey Point is recognized nationally for its unique application of landfill re-use, as well as epitomizes innovation and excellence in the solid waste management industry.
Wind Project at Turkey Point Facts:
Two 1.6 megawatt General Electric wind turbines
Turbine base is 262 ft. tall
Turbine blade is 131 ft. long
Each turbine foundation is 52 ft. wide and 8 ft. deep
Each turbine foundation required 291 cubic yards of concrete and steel rebar
Entire turbine weighs nearly ½ million pounds
Minimum 8 mph wind speed is required to begin turning
Turbine is at full power with 26 mph wind speed
Maximum 56 mph wind speed before the braking mechanism engages
Primary braking mechanism is to feather the blades
Secondary braking mechanism is a mechanical brake
Turbines have lightning protection, a wind vane and anemometer (measures wind speed)
Turbines are connected electrically by underground lines to Turkey Hill Dairy
View a time-lapse video of the construction: