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Worst Turbine Install in History

This category started as a joke when Mike Nelson forwarded a photograph of a poorly installed wind turbine in Seattle. Mike is an old hand at renewables and like Stewart Russell knows a good installation--and a bad one--when he sees it. Since Mike's first report, others have followed and now the list is continuing to grow.

If you don't know why these are bad installations, then you need to read a good book on wind power. There are now dozens of such books available in English.

This category was originally a part of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) and the examples given are of VAWTs of various kinds. However, poor installation practices are not unique to VAWTs and so this category has been reassigned to include all small wind turbines.

DBJ: El Centro College puts Dallas' first wind turbines on the roof

April 28, 2014,   by Nicholas Sakelaris

The college installed 80 miniature wind turbines on the roof of the nine-story building last week. . . for $240,000 . . .

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History

Another Poorly Sited Hoosier VAWT Vying for Worst Turbine Install

June 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Hoosiers have definitely drunk the cool-aid. Worse, it's another example of architectural greenwashing. According local press reports the Nature Conservancy has installed the "crown jewel" of its...[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History, News on Small Wind, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

Reno Nevada Proves--Again--that "Small Urban Wind" Produces Poor Results

May 22, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Reno, Nevada is vying for the world record for "Worst Turbine Install in History" through sheer scale, expense, and hubris. . . [more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Small Wind folder, Worst Turbine Install in History, Mariah Windspire

Kansas Worst Turbine Install

August 3, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

The following is another submission by Stewart Russell for the worst turbine install in history. This one is on a bridge in Kansas City and uses two of Southwest Windpower's Air series turbines. As...[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History

Mariah In the Running for Worst Small Turbine Install

January 31, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

You have to give them credit, small turbine manufacturers are a competitive lot, especially small VAWT suppliers. They are tripping over themselves to see who can win the award for worst turbine...[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Mariah Windspire

Worst Turbine Install in History?

December 27, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Mike Nelson call this the worst turbine install in history. It certainly ranks right up there with some recent installations by Mariah, a Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine manufacturer.[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Mariah Windspire

How Not to Site Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (Mariah Windspire) #1

January 4, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Stewart Russell captured these photos of a Mariah Windspire installed at the College School in St. Louis. Stewart is an experienced wind hand and noted that the Windspire, which is an unguyed,...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Worst Turbine Install in History, Mariah Windspire

How Not to Site Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (Mariah Windspire) #2

September 26, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

This is a classic example of how not to install wind turbines to best advantage. The best that can be said about this installation is that at least they were not mounted on top of the building.[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Mariah Windspire, LEED LEED

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