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Basin Electric wind turbines struck by lightning

Published: Jun 07 2018

On May 17, a lightning strike caused damage to a wind turbine at the Crow Lake Wind Project near White Lake, South Dakota. The damage was a split in one of the tower's blade tips.

“When storms come through, our wind turbines get hit by lightning a lot more than people realize,” said Kevin Tschosik, Basin Electric manager of distributed generation. “When they do get hit, you usually don’t know it, because the tip of the blade has a lightning receptacle that is grounded through the blade all the way to the base of the tower. This results in the lightning strike voltage going through the ground, so the turbine keeps running.”


Our Energy Services & Renewable Technician program prepares individuals for careers as wind technicians and more, in two years or less.