Three Industrial Wind Turbines For Sale

Three Industrial Wind Turbines For Sale

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Dec 18, 2012
http://www.windaction.org/news/36699

Kingston's Mary O’Donnell selling three wind turbines

“The turbines are for sale and I am forced to sell them because of the lawsuit,” said Mary O’Donnell, president of Kingston-based No Fossil Fuels LLC.“You can’t get financed while you’re being sued.” O’Donnell is listed as a defendant – along with the Town of Kingston and its zoning board of appeals – in a lawsuit filed by a group of neighbors this fall in Massachusetts Land Court.
December 8, 2012 by Adam Vaccaro in The Patriot Ledger
The woman who has three wind turbines operating on her property in Kingston says she will be forced to sell them because she can’t secure financing for them while defending the legality of the turbines in court.

“The turbines are for sale and I am forced to sell them because of the lawsuit,” said Mary O’Donnell, president of Kingston-based No Fossil Fuels LLC.“You can’t get financed while you’re being sued.”

O’Donnell is listed as a defendant – along with the Town of Kingston and its zoning board of appeals – in a lawsuit filed by a group of neighbors this fall...[continue via Web link]

http://www.patriotledger.com/business/x459328...
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#2 Dec 18, 2012
3 Wind Turbines For Sale Kingston Mass

Want to bring to your attention that there are some major issues with gear box failures in many of the gear driven turbines in the 1.5 Megawatt class and above since 2008. Many wind turbine companies use the same gear box manufacturer for their turbines : example :Fuhrlander FL-1500 1.5-MW wind turbine and AAER 1500 both have the same gear boxes.

One company that makes many of the gear boxes made gear changes to offset the difference in voltage from Europe to the United States. In Europe they have 110 volts at 50 Hertz .The gear change was made so the imported turbines will produce 110 volts at 60 Hertz in the U.S.

The repairs on the gear box range from 600 thousand to one million and in some cases the turbines aren't worth the repairs. These turbines are only three years old.
These turbines below were all installed in 2009 :

Princeton, Massachusetts -$600,000.00

Portsmouth High School ,Rhode Island - 1 million -not repaired -up for sale installed 2009

Otis Air National Guard Base - Fuhrlander FL-1500 1.5-MW installed Dec 2,2009 .Gear box going bad - Government refuses comment on repair cost . Turbine still working with bad gear box but scheduled to be replaced soon.

The wind industry has in the past year changed to a direct drive transmission in the new type wind turbines . The gear box is the most expensive component of the turbines . The wind industry has known about the gear box failures for some time .

The bottom line here is that the three turbines for sale in Kingston are probably gear driven wind turbines. The sale of the turbines may be smart business move rather than anything else . Many of the gears driven turbines need a new gear box every 3 to 5 years - The O&M operation and maintenance for a small business or town is not economically feasible.

Would you buy a used gear driven wind turbine with the info out there today ?

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