08-02-13 When the Wind Blows
Highland Council's wind turbine at the Oldshoremore Roads Depot has generated just a quarter of the electricity it should have done since being installed last March.

Figures obtained from the Highland Council under a Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 request reveal that the wind turbine erected at the council roads depot on the road towards Oldshoremore has generated just 3,046 kWh of electricity in the ten months since it was erected.

The manufacturers of the turbine, an Evance R9000, estimate it should generate between 12,000 and 15,000 kWh per year. The figures show that the turbine here has produced about 25% of what it should have done.

The reason given for this poor performance is that the turbine has been switched off for a considerable period whilst a risk assessment review has been carried out, following catastrophic failures of other council-owned turbines at other sites throughout the Highlands.

As you drive by the depot today you'll see the blades barely moving yet the Evance R9000 is designed to operate in both low and high wind conditions so it should have been producing electricity throughout the recent gales but it remained switched off.

Each turbine costs in the region of 27,000 to purchase and erect. I know if it was mine I'd waste not a single day in getting it back into operation.
[Highland Council Wind Turbine at Oldshoremore, near Kinlochbervie]

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