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Portsmouth facing $500,000 bill to fix turbine
July 13, 2012
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Sending your articleYour article has been sent. PORTSMOUTH, R.I.—Wind turbines offer the promise of cheap energy, but Portsmouth officials say fixing them can be expensive.
They tell the Newport Daily News ( http://bit.ly/Kgud9G
) that a broken turbine at Portsmouth High School could cost as much as $500,000 to repair.
The turbine, atop a 213-foot tower, began malfunctioning in May. Town Planner Gary Crosby says the trouble has been traced to a gearbox.
He says the part could cost as much as $206,000 and installation has been estimated at $227,000. Then there is shipping and other costs.
The Town Council will discuss what to do about the broken turbine at an Aug. 14 meeting.
Information from: The Newport Daily News.