MATTOON, IL. (ECWd) -
Lake Land College has reportedly discussed taking down the wind turbine that was struck by lightning last year due to the cost of repairs - and because it never really worked as they thought it would.
Lake Land College (LLC) wind turbine history can be seen here:
2007-2010 COST BREAKDOWN:
2007: Wind feasibility study completed for $30,000
2010: LLC provided $500,000 from Illinois DCEO to "build one turbine."
2010: LLC provided 18% of $2,542,762 from US Dept of Labor for "green job training program and related equipment including a 100 kW turbine." (The turbine portion of this US DoL grant calculates to $457,697.20 per the small print details.)
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SHOW FOR TAXPAYER $987,697.20 spent to build these boondoggles?https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/as/tec/sustain/documents/Sustainability%20Media%20Guide%202012.pdf
Operation date: 2012
(read the comments from "gringa"in 2012......totally good point about it never paying for themselves)
"No mention of payback periods in this article. Seems like LLC would include the economic effectiveness of this investment in any discussion of it. After all, isn't this all about return on investment? Maybe not. Wind is free, but the land and equipment and maintenance to that equipment is NOT free. "
in 2014, another article was written touting the "savings":
LLC should update their college website "infomercial" found here since the turbines no longer (if ever) actually saved $44,000 per year per the over-optimistic claims:
Just for fun, IF the turbines saved $44,000 per year, these two junkers would have to last 22.5 years, but they only lasted a shameful FOUR YEARS!!!!!
This year - April 2016 - Lake Land College to consider taking down wind turbine:
Posted from TG-TC.com - https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2016/04/10/lake-land-board-to-weigh-future-of-wind-turbine/
"Bullock said the southernmost wind turbine of Lake Land’s two 160-foot-tall, 100-kilowatt turbines was damaged by a lightning strike last summer and has not functioned properly since then. He said the administration does not believe that making the nearly $100,000 in repairs estimated for the turbine would be cost effective."
They were not "cost-effective" when they were built, why is that an issue now?
"Bullock said the two 100-kilowatt turbines, which were made possible with federal grant funding, have not been effective at powering buildings on campus. "
Just now figuring out they are not effective?
I wonder how much these machines actually produced while they were operating..........probably even less than the most conservative estimates. This all makes me want to puke......it adds up to more than THREE TIMES THE LOSS of the below $319,900 home ruined by the InvEnergy wind farm in Vermilion County, IL.
The Zillow listing for the Vermilion Co. house: http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Armstrong-IL/pmf,pf_pt/2106868722_zpid/23520_rid/any_days/40.334768,-87.712956,40.186217,-88.048039_rect/11_zm/1_rs/
Both LLC's turbines should be removed to delete the shameful "monument of waste."