Muskegon port has critical role in advancing Michigans wind industry

On August 22, 2012 an ocean-going freighter arrived at the Muskegon Mart Dock carrying a load of German-manufactured wind blades for the Exelon Corporation Beebe Community Wind Farm in Ithaca, Michigan. Several photos in this gallery depict the first blade -- 59 meters (189 feet) long weighing 11 tons -- as it was being offloaded.

This is the first of seven freighter shipments that are scheduled to arrive in Muskegon in the next 30-90 days. There will be four shipments of blades and three shipments of tower components. The blades are coming from Germany and the tower sections from Korea. The 2.4 MW turbines are being manufactured by Nordex USA.

When completed, the Beebe Community Wind Farm will feature 34 turbines and be able to produce 81.6 MW of electricity  enough to power more than 27,000 homes, according to Nordex USA.

The components are being staged at the Mart Dock facility and will begin to move by road to Ithaca--some 45 miles north of Lansing-- beginning September 10.