Brush fire threatens homes in San Jon

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Chelle Delaney About 7 p.m. Monday, firefighters had contained a brush fire near San Jon on Interstate 40 that threatened at least one home. The fire started about mid-afternoon some two miles west of San Jon, in the emergency lane of I-40 and then burned grassland northeast and northwest as the wind took it in [...]

Press Release: State sets guidelines for small wind turbine installations

Guidelines and procedures pertaining to permitting and inspection requirements for TWTS, or Tower-Mounted Small Wind Terbuines Systems, have been approved by the Commission for New Mexico’s Regulation and Licensing Department’s of Construction Industries Division, according a CID press release. The guidelines and procedures also clarify the type of electrical contractor’s license and journeyman certification classifications [...]

Blast of wind sends dumpsters flying at Barnes and Fourth

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Chelle Delaney A blast of wind that several residents described as a small twister caused three Dumpsters to be lifted up in the air on Barnes Avenue between south Third and Fourth streets about 7:15 p.m. Monday. Witnesses said the dumpsters were up in the air twisting higher than the trees and telephone poles. “I [...]

Mesalands wind energy center bidding open

QCS Staff The Mesalands Community College’s board of trustees on Tuesday voted to open the bidding for a $7 million North American Wind Research and Training Center building. Mesalands officials received approval from the board to start phase two of the project. This is the construction of a 26,385 square foot building designed by Kilmer [...]

Lopez awarded scholarship

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Thomas Garcia A local high school student was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from a Texas-based wind energy company. Kaitlin Rae Lopez, a senior at Tucumcari High School, was awarded one of the 2009 Cielo Wind Power Earth Stewardship Scholarship, by Cielo Wind Power, LP of Austin. “The stewardship scholarship is a great way for Cielo [...]

Wind research advisory committe established

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Special to the QCS A North American Wind Research and Training Center Advisory Committee has been formed and includes representatives from a cross section of the energy industry, according to a press release from Mesalands Community College. Included in the corporations and organizations participating on the advisory committee are BP Alternative Energy, Shell Wind Energy, [...]

Mesalands wind technology program featured on CNBC

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By QCS Staff Mesalands Community College is being featured on national televsion today on CNBC news. “We are doing some shows for CNBC, the financial division of NBC,” said Jack Davis, satellite operator for NBC News’s southwest bureau. The impetus for the story began with plans by President Barack Obama’s administration to promote green energy, [...]

Mesalands wind turbine connected to electric grid

By QCS Staff Mesalands Community College’s wind turbine is now producing power that’s being added to the area’s electrical grid. The 1.5 megawatt GE turbine is totally assembled and was commissioned last week, according to a press release from the college. GE, manufacturer of the turbine, had been testing and fine tuning the turbine’s computer [...]

Mesalands wind turbine recalled by General Electric

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Two of three sections erected for wind turbine at Mesalands

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Chelle Delaney Two main sections of the 1.5 Megawatt wind turbine tower were installed Sunday for the wind energy program at Mesalands Community College. “What I find most fascinating is just the shear size of all the components from the construction equipment up to the tower itself,” said Lane Bradley of Tucumcari, a member of [...]