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Inspectors climb Portsmouth wind turbine

“I think it would be really disastrous for us to take it down for a number of reasons,” Town Planner Gary Crosbysaid. “Our taxpayers would have to continue to pay the loan off, plus it wouldn’t be good for the wind industry as a whole to have a failed project like this.” However, he said, if the town gets the turbine running again, the operation won’t be the money-maker that it originally set out to be.
8 May 2014

No takers yet for broken Portsmouth wind turbine

The 1.5-megawatt turbine was commissioned in March 2009 but was shut down June 18, 2012, after the gearbox showed significant wear. The faulty gearbox was no longer covered by warranty, and the manufacturer of the turbine, AAER Wind Energy of Quebec, is no longer in business. Three of five turbines of the same make and model erected in California and Templeton, Mass., also suffered gearbox failure.
14 May 2013

Windpower woes

The company that installed the turbine, AAER of Canada, went bankrupt a year after installation, and left Portsmouth with no warranty. Even worse, the chief executive of the company hired to oversee maintenance of the turbine stated that gearbox failures occur in "10 percent of turbines nationwide".
17 Jul 2012

Portsmouth turbine stops turning

The problem seems to be a relay switch which has been repeatedly switching off for reasons unknown, said Mr. Crosby who has overseen the town's wind turbine project. ...The situation is complicated by the bankruptcy earlier this year of AAER, the Canadian firm that supplied the wind turbine to Portsmouth and provided the warranty protection.
28 Oct 2010
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