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How tall are the wind turbine?

Industrial wind turbines are a lot bigger than ones you might see in a schoolyard or behind someone's house.

The widely used GE 1.5-megawatt model, for example, consists of 116-ft blades atop a 212-ft tower for a total height of 328 feet. The blades sweep a vertical airspace of just under an acre.

The 1.8-megawatt Vestas V90 from Denmark has 148-ft blades (sweeping more than 1.5 acres) on a 262-ft tower, totaling 410 feet.

Another model being seen more in the U.S. is the 2-megawatt Gamesa G87 from Spain, with 143-ft blades (just under 1.5 acres) on a 256-ft tower, totaling 399 feet.

Many existing models and new ones being introduced reach well over 400 feet high. See the specs for several models at AWEO.org.

The wind turbines being proposed in Steuben County total about 600 feet tall. ...more>>

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