You firehose subsidies around the place and end up with products that are uneconomic. Who on earth could have predicted that?
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).
It’s just such an unexpected result, isn’t it?
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.
No one could ever have thought that such a thing could happen.