Live Turbine Information

The Hometown WindPower turbines are located in each of MMPA’s eleven member cities and Faribault Energy Park. The power from the turbines goes directly into each member’s power distribution system.

Wind Speed and Turbine Output

The output of a wind turbine depends on the model of the turbine and available wind speed. Each Hometown WindPower turbine has a capacity of 160 kilowatts.  The turbine’s power output can exceed 160 kilowatts for short periods of time. A wind turbine will generally produce more energy with higher wind speeds, if wind speeds are between the turbine’s cut-in and rated wind speeds.  The cut-in speed is the minimum wind speed at which the wind turbine will generate power. The cut-in speed for each Hometown WindPower turbine is 12 miles per hour or just over 5 meters per second. The turbine’s rated speed is the wind speed that results in the optimal power output for the turbine.  When the wind speed exceeds the turbine’s rated speed, the turbine’s power output stops increasing and actually begins to decrease with higher wind speeds.  Wind turbines automatically shut down in very windy conditions – typically greater than 50 mph – to prevent turbine damage.  The speed at which the turbine shuts down is called the cut-out speed.

Location Wind Speed (m/s) Output (kW)
Anoka
Current
Record High 17.7 236
Current
Record High 17.1 225
Current
Record High 16.5 238.2
Current
Record High 16.5 234.2
Current
Record High 17.4 249.2
Current
Record High 17.5 278
Current
Record High 19.5 241.8
Current
Record High 17.6 187.2
Current
Record High 17.3 196.2
Current
Record High 19.1 255.9
Current
Record High 17.7 235
Current
Record High 19.7 244.6
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