The turbine broke and the manufacturer went bankrupt, and it never produced the energy that was promised in 2008.
Saco removes wind turbine (Change for the sake of change fails again)
Roy said city officials are working with the Energy and Sustainable Committee to determine a better use in the future for the piece of land, which is located on Main Street at Saco Island. In the meantime, the site will be the location for the community’s Christmas tree.
From 7/19/10 - a time when the wind turbine seller offered Saco a $130,000 buy back which Saco rejected
Saco City Councilor Eric Cote says the wind turbine in town, to him, represents "a promise."
"I think they have the potential of working very well," Cote says. "Some locations they work great. I think it's a technology that we should continue to work with."
Cote says that the Saco Island turbine has generated more power than realized because of a faulty meter. He wants to put bigger blades on the turbine -- something that Jim Heath, former owner of Entegrity has offered as an alternative to buying back the turbine.
"I understand the manufacturers are willing to upgrade the blades, that would be done the end of 2011 -- I'd like to see how that goes," Heath says. "Because the turbine has been performing, at least in part, as promised and I'm not sure what it's produced in electrictiy. So I think we should give it a longer test period."
One purpose was simply to promote wind power, i.e., change for the sake of change?
Another purpose is to promote wind power by allowing residents to learn about the technology and get comfortable with it. Eric Cote, a councilman, said he hopes the the structure will dispel the idea that windmills are noisy and pose a hazard to birds and bats.
Elegant symbols for clean power that rise above the skyline, Saco's turbines have been unbeatable as advertisements for wind energy. In addition to attracting public interest, the windmills have also helped spur local business growth: Two entrepreneurs here have recently launched renewable energy businesses.
“The council didn’t want to spend $10,000 for a wind survey study. But what we have is iconic, and it sends a message about our community: we are embracing the future, we are recognizing that we must wean ourselves off fossil fuels.”
“It does show a good symbol for the city in its energy type things"