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Due to a manufacturer's recall of the tower parts delivered to the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M., the currently installed base section and second section has been disassembled and will be replaced by new components.

Administrators at the college received an official statement from GE explaining that safety is the primary concern. The letter states that "GE has identified a potential quality issue … using the company's rigorous inspection and quality control systems. GE is proactively taking the necessary action to replace the tower base and mid section."

The recall is not an isolated incident and involves other towers as well.

"It's all about safety," says Phillip O Barry, president of Mesalands Community College. "General Electric has apparently discovered a reason to not employ the components we have received, and is sending components that are sound and safe. The important thing is that this delay has not changed anything in our Wind Energy Technology program, and actually underscores the training our students are presently receiving about the importance of safety in this new industry."

The dedication of the turbine remains as scheduled for today.

SOURCE: Mesalands Community College

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