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Texas Wind Farms Test Their Limits And Survive Hurricane Harvey

By Brian Spaen

Hurricane Harvey has devastated those in Houston and other parts of Coastal and Southern Texas. Millions of homes and vehicles have been destroyed and a number of people still have property underwater. In terms of wind farms that had to deal with the hurricane, they ended up faring mostly well with limited issues. It shows that in desperate times, renewable energy could still be there to aid in the cleanup process.

Even a hurricane's highest winds doesn’t generate more power for wind farms. In fact, those high speeds cause turbines to be automatically turned off. Spinning fast damages the infrastructure of the facility and could lead to extremely dangerous situations. When Hurricane Harvey pushed its way onto the United States, many farms turned off to avoid problems like blades falling apart and fires starting up.

Most wind farms are built to make it through hurricanes up to the Category 3 level. Harvey was a category higher, but there weren’t any wind turbines destroyed according to the Southern Alliance For Clean Energy (SACE). As the hurricane made landfall on Friday afternoon, power output went from 95 percent down to 47 percent.