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July 10, 2014

By Paul Homewood


h/t Paul




Ignoring interest and running costs, we can see it would have paid back its cost in 800 years time. 


Quite apart from the astonishing initial waste of taxpayers’ money, there is also the question of how much the Welsh Government were paying for maintenance, until the manufacturer went bust.

One would assume it must have been significantly more than £5/month. It is one thing wasting money on the initial project. But once it was operational and the income and costs easily identified, why was it not shut down years ago?

It also begs the question, how many more wind turbines like this one are also as ineffective?

  1. July 10, 2014 12:41 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    At least they admitted what it cost and are removing it. Heck, I wouldn’t have been surprised with a spiel on green energy and climate change.

  2. July 10, 2014 12:53 pm

    Interesting that it is a vertical turbine. Also, that the manufacturer warned the installers there was not enough wind in this location.

    One of the turbines south of my house has not turned in over a month—reducing the already small output of the plant by 9%. Yet no one seems interested in repairing it. Maybe it’s quieter for the houses that are nearby so no one is complaining.

    Reblogged on

  3. July 10, 2014 12:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    Hey what’s the problem that payback is better then most …lol

  4. Joe Public permalink
    July 10, 2014 12:55 pm

    The consultant who specified the turbine at that premises should be sued.

  5. July 10, 2014 1:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:

  6. July 10, 2014 1:59 pm

    And this is the same organization that everyone looks to for answers. Each country has its examples of government stupidity.

  7. Sceptical Me permalink
    July 10, 2014 3:38 pm

    It would be instructive to know what the manufacturer’s projected output was for this type of turbine, given its initial costs.

  8. Martin Dunphy permalink
    July 10, 2014 4:11 pm

    There is a similar looking turbine adorning the top of the new college in Hinckley Leicestershire

  9. bit chilly permalink
    July 10, 2014 4:21 pm

    similar situation arose at our local primary school,the turbine installed can generate up to 9 pence an hour worth of electricity,saving the school over £200 per year (if the wind blows at the correct strength every day) , looking at the grants awarded during the process to fit these to 5 schools it would appear the scottish government think the grants must be free money. i suppose it is to the scottish government,they just extort a bit more from the tax payer.

  10. July 10, 2014 5:28 pm

    I’m no expert, but it doesn’t look very efficient.
    I wonder whether the ones at the Olympic park generated much electricity?
    What happened to them?

  11. Richard111 permalink
    July 10, 2014 5:50 pm

    The big surprise is that it has just been reported on the BBC!

  12. tom0mason permalink
    July 10, 2014 6:48 pm

    “It also begs the question, how many more wind turbines like this one are also as ineffective?”

    Ineffective no!

    It outperformed its requirements at nearly every stage.

    People like you fail to take notice of the massive boost given to UK by green-powering the nation by low CO2 generating, full-fired subsidy power. It is the very essence of a green political win-win.

    As has been noted before, this type of arragement will maintain an overall investment to subsidy ratio of over 90% (some over 100%!) in the long term – no other method of power generation comes close. Old fashioned fossil-fuel investments can barely make positive numbers; indeed many just burn the fuel invested in them, this alone is a huge burden to the tax and utility payer, and restrains power-profit maximization.

    Also of note is the additional energy achieved through generous tax-back options via offshore green financing deals, which thrusts Britain forward in support of enterprises highly regarded as being of public interest internationally, thereby adding to the nation’s kudos inventory worldwide. This is the kind of innovative investment that will make Wales, and therefore Britain, great again – powering this land into the uncertain future it deserves.


  13. A C Osborn permalink
    July 10, 2014 7:21 pm

    tom0mason permalink
    July 10, 2014 6:48 pm
    You had me going there.

  14. Paul permalink
    July 10, 2014 11:53 pm

    Once again off topic, Paul, but I’ve been following this guys channel for ages. He’s a CO2 sceptic and knows that it is the sun which influences our climate. His latest piece, which is updated every day with space and Earth weather and more is a must watch.
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  15. John F. Hultquist permalink
    July 11, 2014 5:18 am

    The Welsh government does not have a lock on stupidity. The word “global” comes to mind. Consider: Ellensburg – a small town with a university in central Wash. State – had 5 different types of windmills erected for a test; using grant money. I’ve not heard that they actually got any data. Last year one of the things blew over in a relatively mild wind. The Kittitas Valley – Ellensburg is near the center – is noted for its strong and long duration winds.
    A common joke is a visitor asks a resident: “Does the wind always blow like this?” and the resident thinks for a moment and answers: “Well, no. Sometimes it blows harder.” It seems the windmill designer wasn’t told.
    When the tower blew over a local team cleaned up the mess. The newspaper carried the story and reported the towers had not generated much power and no data because that part of the experiment (computers and software) had yet to and probably could not be implemented. Since then nothing has been heard of the project. (I’ll have to look and see if the other 4 towers are still there.) The City used other people’s money but when it came time to use money the City had collected from its citizens the elected officials refrained.

  16. Brian H permalink
    July 11, 2014 7:06 am

    Wrong use of “begs the question”, which refers to circular argumentation. Inspires or demands or suggests, I beg you.

  17. lemiere jacques permalink
    July 13, 2014 6:17 am

    and 5 pound of electricity may be exagerated as the electricity is produced when people don’t need it.

  18. July 13, 2014 6:59 pm

    So you sheeple like Green Energy ? It’s no more than a fraud and the only one’s who gain are the insider investors who get out in time before the companies collapse


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