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January 16, 2002

Wind Turbine Installed on Novel Tower Without Large Crane

A single 660-kilowatt wind turbine was installed in December in Omaha, Nebraska, to serve a green power program run by the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). The installation uses an innovative tower designed by Valmont Industries Inc. that incorporates a lifting platform for installing the turbine. The platform eliminated the need for a large crane to install the turbine. See the OPPD Web site.

Valmont Industries believes its wind turbine tower could help expand the installation of wind turbines into rugged terrains that present access problems for large cranes. See the Valmont Web site.