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WTAMU's wind turbine is the tallest in the U.S.

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Rising from the Randall County dirt is the tallest wind turbine in the United States. 

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With a hub height of 426 feet, that's equivalent to a 42-story building.

The height of the tip of one of its three blades at its tallest is 653 feet above the West Texas plains. 

 In comparison, most wind turbines in the area are less than 500 feet, from the tip of it tallest blade. 

"The turbine arrived in about twenty different truck loads and some of them were extremely long and extremely heavy," said Director of the UL Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility for WTAMU Byron Neal.   

Neal said it took at least a month to get all of the turbine's equipment on site.

The massive machine will serve as a learning tool for students at WTAMU as well as a classroom for wind turbine researchers and manufacturers. 

"It give the students a good introduction especially of the building process, since we documented it very well," said Neal.  "As well as give these students the opportunity to do some cooperative research with Goldwind involving this machine."

Neals said he hopes the wind turbine bring more attention and growth to the Panhandle, ultimately creating a powerhouse of economic opportunity and sustainability for the region. 

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