North Dakota Wind Farm Leverages Obstruction Lighting Control Radar to Operate Drones

Nov 1, 2019 | News

November 1, 2019 - North Dakota appropriately celebrated American Wind Week 2019 at a wind farm, Xcel Energy's soon-to-open Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County. But Foxtail represents more than a typical wind farm - it has become a convergence of technologies that will have far-reaching implication for the state and beyond. 

Foxtail is Xcel's third wind farm in North Dakota. Its 75 turbines will generate 150 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 80,000 homes. And with support from the state, it is pioneering the installation of obstruction lighting control radar to turn off the aircraft warning lights on the turbines unless an aircraft is approaching. Foxtail will leverage this technology by integrating a first of its kind, fully autonomous solution for turbine inspection, wildlife assessment, security, and perimeter checks.