Jan 28, 2013

What ever happened to the Perkins High School windmills?

What ever happened to the windmills by Perkins High School? Since the one fell apart, did they realize it was a silly place to put them? They are reluctant to answer questions about this. Dave in Port Clinton

We had Perkins schools superintendent Jim Gunner on Between the Lines, our local public affairs program, last week and asked him about the windmills. You can watch the program HERE. Gunner answers the question about the windmills around minute 10 if you want to skip ahead. He said the district and the company that put up the windmills decided the turbines could not be safely maintained at the high school property. They suffered two failures that could have been a risk to public safety. Gunner said the windmills were dismantled about nine months ago and they will not be re-installed. The district is working to modify it's contract for a full refund for the cost of the turbines. Gunner called the turbines a good idea, but perhaps ahead of their time.

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2cents

Why pull my comment?

"Finger in dike"

"It's a metaphor taken directly from Hans Christian Anderson's story of the boy who saved the town by plugging the hole in the Dutch dyke and kept the flood from coming. But sadly, the boy was unable to do anything else but stand there and hold his finger to the dyke. It is a great analogy for treating symptoms but not the disease...or rather doing what he thinks is right without having a clear course of action after the hole is plugged."

goodtime1212

windmill behind the police station, windmill at Toft Dairy, 2 windmills in Huron, windmill in Margaretta. Seem to be plenty of wind for them. Mr. Gunner Sounds just like a politician trying to talk his way out of a screw up instead of just admitting we made a big mistake. NO TRUST.

gilamonster

That’s right take a lesson from the Netherlands. Holland of all places slashed subsidies for wind and solar. Said the cost outweigh the return. Other European nations are also slashing subsidies.

Reported wind farms typically produce only 30% (often less) of maximum output. That’s why during peak hours, times of storms, or no wind they have to rely on generators fired by natural gas or diesel; increasing the cost of electric produced. Even some greenheads admit that windmill/generator production, erection, and continual use of backup generators are doing little to “save” the environment from co2. Ask yourself if you would invest in something, say a new furnace, that’s only 30% efficient. Small scale such as this I completely understand wind powers use, been around for years; but feeding the grid, take a hard look at the Europe green energy lies.

The Bizness

I do invest in wind and solar, whenever I can, because it is the right thing to do for our future. Why don't you go to the earth day event this spring and talk to some people that install these things, and you can see just how much of a waste of money they are.

goofus

Kumbaya my lord kumbaya!!!!

kURTje

Yeah..look at them. They utilize hemp for products that trees & cotton do. They have re-claimed land from the sea. Their economy has been a lot more stable since the 50's. And close by where the Diesel motor was invented, it ran on GROWN fuel instead of re-fined product. In America though it seems that established monied groups can't perish or diminish, that could be criminal.

gilamonster

Your beloved Germany just cut solar subsidies by 30%, seen as both successful and a money pit. In the words of the German Association of Physicists, “solar energy cannot replace any additional power plants.” On short, overcast winter days, Germany’s 1.1 million solar-power systems can generate no electricity at all. The country is then forced to import considerable amounts of electricity from nuclear power plants in France and the Czech Republic. Companies are thretening to leave over the rising cost of electricity. Solar subsidies have cost German consumers billions of dollars a year and are widely regarded as inefficient. Even environmentalists are concerned that Berlin's focus on solar comes at the detriment of other renewables. But the solar industry has a powerful lobby, and politicians have proven powerless to resist. Ahh no monied groups there, hey? at its best. Indeed, despite the massive investment, solar power accounts for only about 0.3 percent of Germany’s total energy. This is one of the key reasons why Germans now pay the second-highest price for electricity in the developed world. In 2012 Germany paid the second highest electric rates in the developed world and was over three times the cost of America. Now like good politicians they promise to reduce electric cost; election year.

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