Wag Wind Turbine Scrapped

14 Jul

Apologies that this post is not food related, but as it’s tax-payer money related, I’m assuming you would be interested. A wind turbine, sited outside the Welsh Government offices at Aberystwyth and cost us nearly £50,000 has been scrapped. The civil servants were warned that the 60ft turbine, which was erected in 2009, was being placed in the wrong location, the civil servants were informed that the wag site was in too sheltered a site and would not get sufficient wind. Despite this advice and not looking for a site just down the road, nearer to the coastline of blustery Cardigan Bay, the civil servants decided to site it instead in a sheltered valley, with tall buildings and hills all around it.

I’d have thought that commonsense would have told these decision makers that wind turbines need wind from all directions before they can even be classed as efficient in producing electricity. Revelations show that the turbine was producing on average just 33 kilowatts of energy a month, the equivalent of just £5.28 worth of electricity. If you work off those figures, the turbine would need to be in place for over 750 years before its cost was offset!

As the wind turbine’s performance was monitored from January 2012 until July 2013, finding it generated just 33 kilowatts per month, these figures should be accurate. The turbine broke down in January this year and the manufacturer went into administration soon after that. I now understand that the government don’t believe they can find a company who would be able to take on the maintenance of the turbine so are now looking at options for its removal.

So as this is my food blog, I cannot end this post without equating this nearly £50k spend back to Welsh food and drink. This could have helped five food festivals at the top rate of £10k per festival or could easily have paid for CLES/Wavehill to review food festivals for the next two years. This is our money that’s been wasted, but will any civil servant be taken to task over it? Answers on a post card please…………………..


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  1. Andy

    July 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Why don’t they make these turbines with a photovoltaic coating ?

  2. BE BE

    July 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    This does not help wags green policy.
    If the installer said wag’s site was wrong, why didn’t they listen? More government arrogance?
    Does the civil servant/s who disagreed with the installer still have their job? I guess that’s the case, but why does the Welsh taxpayer have to fund their error of judgement to the tune of £50k?

  3. cupcake

    July 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Another own goal but this one is not green.
    What a difference that money would have made to food festivals, but maybe wag food department would have wasted it as well.
    It sure makes a difference when you are spending your own money, something civil servants seem to find hard to work out.

  4. producer

    July 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Oh well done wag!
    Kath you simply couldn’t make this up
    Wag are told by the experts that where wag wanted it sited, the turbine wouldn’t work.
    Did they listen?
    Oh no, wag knows best, didn’t you know? They would not be so arrogant if it was their money they were spending or if the decision makers had to pay back to the Welsh taxpayer the £50k and then the cost of taking it down and disposing of it. Guess we can only be pleased this will not come out of our reduced food budget.
    Lead Wales, I’m not convinced this lot could lead a walk.
    What an utter shambles.

  5. trader chap

    July 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Red faces all round?
    Whoops, sorry of course not this is our arrogant government, spending and then wasting our money
    bet we are never told how much it will cost US to remove this turbine.
    Ask experts then listen to them I thought that a basic skill but then these are civil servants they’d be talking at, rather than too.

  6. Cheese man

    July 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Well done wag – no-one does it better, civil servants spending taxpayers money that is.
    No business person could behave like our civil servants do. You can only suspect that it IS because they are not spending their own cash. They don’t seem to be accountable to anyone for anything.
    What cost to take it down and dispose to it?

  7. Parrot

    July 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Sorry no idea of taking down and disposal and after them blowing £50k I’m not sure I want to know how much more of our money will be thrown as this stupid project just because civil servants can’t listen and take advice from experts. It’s a familiar theme me thinks

  8. Jammy

    July 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Jammy is what the civil servants have been who thought they knew better than the experts as to where this wind turbine should go. Great to be so smart when spending our money. What cost to take this down now?

  9. tax payer

    August 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Expert know best but not when dealing with wag
    pity it’s not their money that’s been thrown away.
    More arrogance from civil servants who always think they know best, even when they so obviously have not got a clue.
    The decision makers should pay for this not us.