Portsmouth turbine out of order
Town officials in Portsmouth traced the problem with its malfunctioning windmill to a faulty gearbox, a repair that could cost as much as a half a million dollars. The 1.5-megawatt turbine began having technical problems early this year, and hasn’t been in operation since June 18.
The wind turbine began spinning in March 2009. According to the Providence Journal, the $3-million machine generated $400,000 in its three years of operation, but the cost of fixing the gearbox may surpass the income that it has brought the town.
Officials say a new part will cost $206,000, while installation is estimated to cost as much as $227,000. The Portsmouth Town Council is expected to discuss the broken turbine and what it plans to do at its Aug. 14 meeting.