190 years to repay ‘investment’ in wind turbines

That is the prospect facing many councils and the government int he UK with all their idiotic conversion to wind power.

It simply doesn’t stack up, can’t work without subsidies and is uneconomic in the extreme. It is almost time for some criminal charges against politicians who push their silly projects.

We need to be very vigilant here to ensure that no council or other politician gets designs on building a “green energy” empire that that foisted on the UK.

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.

However, the council said the “meter wasn’t operating properly” and it usually produces 3,478 kWh, but this still means it would take more than 55 years to repay its cost.

Dr John Constable, director at the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), said the poor performance of wind turbines showed how they were an ineffective form of renewable energy.

He said: “Wind energy is an experiment, and sometimes the lessons learnt are hard and dearly bought. The truth is that foolishly ambitious targets and silly levels of subsidy have overheated the wind industry, resulting in defective technologies and poor installations.”


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  • Pete

    I want to buy a new CNC machine, I would be more than happy to pay it back over 55 years, where do I sign up!?

  • rockape

    No subsidies, Thats why privatization is the answer, if it aint economical it doesnt get built.

  • Dan

    My guess is we would have windmills popping up all over if we were unlucky enough to get a Labour Green takeover. The cost would be irrelevant and the NZ taxpayer simply collateral damage.

    • opusx

      Just found the new Labour/Greens policy pamphlet. Looks like something I have seen before…

      • Dan

        I was suspicious until I saw the moose. The moose got me.

    • Patrick

      Yes & to make it financially viable they would increase the base price of electricity – that is why privatising the power generators was so important & why the lefties fought tooth & nail to stop it.

  • opusx

    It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee folks…the only viable answer is clean, green, nuclear energy.

  • cows4me

    190 years to pay off, what’s the problem, the pricks pushing this shit will be well and truly pushing up daisies before the peasants realise they have been shafted again.

  • Don W

    We will all need to buy portable fossil fueled generators if Labour and the greens get to be in charge of the supply of electricity, that’s if we want the lights to stay on.

    • opusx

      Don’t need lights in the new utopia Don ;-)

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Perhaps another example of why elected “leaders” need to be held more accountable beyond a 3 yearly contest of bad against worse…

  • timemagazine

    Every single policy of the left needs subsides. None can survive without heavy infusion from the taxpayer. It is rooted in their Marxist ideology and their brains are tailored in the same direction. Asking them to think differently is impossible. It would be like us believing in global warming. They need to be minimalised through education, but this is another story.