In 2007 TVIG made the first commercial installation of the Clipper Liberty 2.5MW turbine for BQ Energy and UPC (First Wind). The project is situated on slag deposits of a former steel mill in Idaho Falls. Classified as a Superfund site by the EPA, the site’s geotechnical report required deep dynamic compaction to overcome the unique challenges associated with the man-made fill. The project was made more challenging by being only a few yards from the shores of Lake Erie.
TVIG was responsible for all aspects of project design and construction, including upgrades to a 1960s era distribution substation to accommodate the wind energy generation. Steel Winds received the 2007 Renewable Project of the Year.