Not far away, the town of Portsmouth, R.I., went through a similar drama: After issuing some $3 million in bonds to build a wind turbine, Portsmouth saw the new unit quickly go dark because of mechanical problems. Reports the Westerly Sun: The wind turbine, erected at Portsmouth High School in 2009, has been idle since June because of a faulty gear box. The town is evaluating whether to replace the gear box, with costs ranging from $611,000 to $703,000. Local critics have taken to calling the turbine the $2 million mistake, although it is in fact a mistake worth at least $3 million plus interest on the bonds.
The first thing I noticed why I drove by that thing a year ago was that they put the damn thing right on top of the high school so it can disrupt class with the constant whumping. The second thing was that it was windy and it wasn't turning. There's a smaller turbine on Rt 95 well south of Providence. What I notice about that one is it turns even when there's no wind at all.
posted on 12/03/2012 4:40:23 PM PST
(Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
A few years ago, there was a large tribe of pro-windmill Freepers. They're very scarce these days, apparently gone with the wind.
posted on 12/03/2012 5:07:24 PM PST
("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
My term for these things is “Green energy performance art”. I rarely saw the Mystic River windmill spinning all Summer.
posted on 12/03/2012 6:10:35 PM PST
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