Tower topples

A wind tower northeast of Neligh broke.

NELIGH — Upstream Wind Energy tower 57, located northeast of Neligh, lay crumpled on the ground like a deflated air dancer Friday morning.

The tower, situated at 85118 528 Avenue, appeared to have a distinct break along the trunk near the base.

Beth Conley, vice president of communications for Invenergy in Chicago, said the company is investigating the incident.

“One turbine was impacted, and the wind farm remains fully operational and is generating electricity,” she said.

Conley was unable to provide comment when asked how long the investigation could take or if an early Friday morning storm played a part in toppling the tower.

Calls to the Neligh Invenergy Office went unanswered.

The tower is one of 81 comprising the 200 MW Upstream energy center, which was completed in January.

According to Invenergy, the project will generate enough electricity to power an estimated 68,000 U.S. homes.

The wind farm is expected to add about $2 million annually to the local economy via tax payments, lease options to landowners and employee wages and benefits.

Original story was posted at 1:13 p.m.

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