Dear Sandwell Borough Council,
Could you please tell me the total cost spent on purchase and instillation of the 33ft Air Dolphin turbine at a location off Taylors Lane, Oldbury?
Could you also tell me how much has been spent on the turbine since? How much electricity has been generated by the turbine and how much has been spent monitoring the performance of the turbine - eg cost of setting up a computer/software etc.
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Thank you for your enquiry about the Taylor's Lane wind turbine in
Oldbury. The answers to your questions are as follows:
1) Could you please tell me the total cost spent on purchase and
installation of the 33ft Air Dolphin turbine at a location off Taylor's
Â£5,000 (plus VAT) was the total cost of the Taylor's Lane micro wind
turbine in Oldbury, including foundations, tower and connections.
2) Could you also tell me how much has been spent on the turbine since?
Nothing has needed to be spent since it was installed.
3) How much electricity has been generated by the turbine and how much has
been spent monitoring the performance of the turbine - e.g. cost of
setting up a computer/software etc.
No money has been spent monitoring the performance of the micro wind
turbine at Taylor's Lane.
However, the council paid Â£750 for 3 years of monitoring an identical
micro wind turbine at Bleakhouse Primary School in Oldbury. We chose to
monitor just one of the turbines to minimise costs. We wanted to track
performance, establish whether predicted wind speeds in Sandwell were
accurate and use the technology and readings for educational purposes in
For the 12 months between May 2009 and April 2010, the Bleakhouse Primary
School micro wind turbine generated 209 kWh of electricity.
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