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UK– Councils waste millions on ineffective wind turbines that will take 190 years to repay

Claire Carter — The Telegraph — December 26, 2013

Energy experts condemned use of small wind turbines after Telegraph reveals many are so inefficient they will never repay their value, costing taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds

Councils are wasting millions of pounds on wind turbines that are not working or will take hundreds of years to repay because they are generating as little as £13 worth of energy a month.

Local authorities spent hundreds of thousands of pounds installing the turbines in an effort to meet renewable energy targets.

However, some have not produced any energy at all in the last year because of faults, a Freedom of Information request disclosed.

Some turbines generate so little energy they would take hundreds of years to repay their original value. Experts argue that the failure of some wind turbines to recoup their value shows how small wind turbines are a poor way to generate renewable energy.

In Eastleigh, Hampshire a turbine costing almost £30,000 was installed in 2005. Last year the turbine generated 520 kilowatt hours of energy (kWh)

Taking 30p as the average price of energy per kWh under the feed-in tariff, this turbine generates £156 worth of energy a year or just £13 a month. At this rate it would take 190 years to repay its original cost.

In Leeds a wind turbine costing £62,000 was installed in 2009 in an inner city sports complex, but generated no energy last year due to faults.

In Derbyshire, a turbine costing £89,000 was installed in 2004 but has failed to produce any energy since September 2011 due to a fault.

The council said it was “disappointed” adding that the company which supplied the turbine no longer existed.

In Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire the council spent £30,000 on two turbines, which generated 477kWh of electricity last year.

These turbines are on a lower tariff, which varies between 10.21p and 3.3p per kWh, and produced £73.94 worth of power last year, a rate that would take 405 years to recoup their value.  Read full article here…..

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