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Wind turbine collapse prompts inquiry

An inquiry has been launched after Cumbria's oldest wind turbine collapsed. The 100ft structure near Hesket Newmarket crashed down in what may be a first in the 29-year history of harnessing wind energy. The 11-tonne turbine had been producing power for the J Stobart & Sons animal feed mill at Newlands for the last 19 years. It collapsed, narrowly missing a country road, while the plant was operating. No-one was hurt.

An inquiry has been launched after Cumbria's oldest wind turbine collapsed.
The 100ft structure near Hesket Newmarket crashed down in what may be a first in the 29-year history of harnessing wind energy.

The 11-tonne turbine had been producing power for the J Stobart & Sons animal feed mill at Newlands for the last 19 years.

It collapsed, narrowly missing a country road, while the plant was operating. No-one was hurt.

When it was installed, it was only the second privately-owned wind turbine in the country.

Company director Peter Stobart said: "It has been a great success in terms of what it generated. It produced an estimated 4.5 million units of electricity."

He added: "All those years ago it was a very innovative thing to do. It was certainly the first in the county and only the second in the country, privately-owned, that is.

"It was ahead of its time. We did it purely because we saw energy costs going up and, apart from what happened on Friday, it has been a tremendous success in what it has generated and the costs saved."

Ruth Walsh, chairwoman of Communities Opposing Lamonby Turbines, said: "We are extremely worried about this as... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

An inquiry has been launched after Cumbria's oldest wind turbine collapsed.
The 100ft structure near Hesket Newmarket crashed down in what may be a first in the 29-year history of harnessing wind energy.

The 11-tonne turbine had been producing power for the J Stobart & Sons animal feed mill at Newlands for the last 19 years.

It collapsed, narrowly missing a country road, while the plant was operating. No-one was hurt.

When it was installed, it was only the second privately-owned wind turbine in the country.

Company director Peter Stobart said: "It has been a great success in terms of what it generated. It produced an estimated 4.5 million units of electricity."

He added: "All those years ago it was a very innovative thing to do. It was certainly the first in the county and only the second in the country, privately-owned, that is.

"It was ahead of its time. We did it purely because we saw energy costs going up and, apart from what happened on Friday, it has been a tremendous success in what it has generated and the costs saved."

Ruth Walsh, chairwoman of Communities Opposing Lamonby Turbines, said: "We are extremely worried about this as it raises big questions about turbine safety.

"This must give councillors something to think about when they are considering future proposals."


Source: http://www.chesterstandard....

JAN 4 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/12631-wind-turbine-collapse-prompts-inquiry
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