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Minnesota's tallest wind farm nearly ready

WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- In a little less than three weeks, a wind energy company and local investors will celebrate the completion of the tallest wind farm in Minnesota.

WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- In a little less than three weeks, a wind energy company and local investors will celebrate the completion of the tallest wind farm in Minnesota.

Nine of the 15 turbines are complete, with workers doing assembly overnight this week, when there is little wind to hamper their efforts.

"We're trying to put up a wind farm where it's windy," said Aaron Peterson, community relations and regulatory affairs manager for juwi (pronounced u-v) Wind. "When the wind is going down, we're on call."

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Community Wind South is planned for 3 p.m. Dec. 5 along with a flip of the switch on the $70 million project.

The REpower towers will be the largest in the state at 480 feet to the top of the blade. The towers are also projected to harvest 15 percent more power than the traditional 80-meter towers that surround it.

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Nacelles, which house the key energy generating components for each 2-megawatt turbine, came from Germany, while the blades were manufactured in Arkansas and the towers were produced in West Fargo.

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