Maple Ridge Wind Farm
Maple Ridge Wind Farm is the second largest wind farm in the state of New York in the United States, with 195 Vestas model V82 1.65 MW wind turbines. Each turbine tower is 260 feet (79 m) tall. Each turbine has blades 130 feet (40 m) long, which added to the hub diameter gives a rotor diameter of 270 feet (82 m). Collectively, the turbines are capable of producing a maximum of 925 MW, which accounts for three quarters of the wind power capacity of New York. Maple Ridge Wind Farm became fully operational in January 2006.
The wind farm is located on Tug Hill in Lewis County, New York. The site was chosen because it lies at an elevation of 1,600–1,800 feet (490–550 m) and experiences strong lake-effect weather patterns from nearby Lake Ontario. The area is used primarily as pasture and feed-crop land.
Mixed feelings from neighbors of the Maple Ridge Wind Farm are reported.
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- Building the Maple Ridge Wind Farm Photographs of the turbines being off loaded at the Oswego Port Authority & shipped to Lowville.