Wind turbine lightning damage is the culprit.
A wind turbine purchased by the town of El Dorado, Kansas has been damaged by a lightning strike. The wind turbine was used to power pumps at a water reclamation site but now the town is back on the grid.
Great Plains Wind Turbine Lightning Damage
Lightning is a common sight in Kansas during the spring and summer months as large thunderstorm travel over the prairies during the afternoons and evenings. Wind turbines in Kansas and throughout the middle of the United States must be protected from lightning damage to ensure reliable operation.