Wind turbine destroyed by wind

September 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

“We should learn from this but experience suggests that it will not be
put to good use,” added Mr Young.

“Highland Council steadfastly refuses to acknowledge any risk from siting
small wind turbines in school playgrounds and considers that only at 80mph –
twice the wind speed which destroyed the Scrabster Hill turbine – is there
any need to consider action.”

Following concerns expressed about the safety of wind turbines in school
playgrounds, the council closed them down for a time last year while risk
assessments were undertaken, but restarted them this year.

A Highland Council spokesman said: “We are satisfied we have put in place
the required risk assessments of wind turbines in schools to ensure their
safe operation.”

Scrabster farmer John Henderson was granted permission in 2011 to erect the
25.9 metre turbine at Dunhobby but was not available for comment.

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