If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes. And if you don't like your oft stated annual wind turbine goal of over 1,000,000 KWH, just change it to 700,000, which is exactly what UMPI has done on its website very quietly. In fact, the UMPI website has been WIPED CLEAN of any mention of the long stated primary goal of producing 1,000,000 KWH per year, which previously had been prominent on the site. Perhaps this simply reflects the reality that in Year One, ended 5/14/10, only 609,268 KWH were produced.
THIS IS A MAJOR REVISION.
Hopefully UMPI will explain why it has changed the goal and reveal its learning for us as promised.
What would also be useful is to understand how the long stated goal of 1,000,000 KWH per year has dropped but the goal of 572 tons of CO2 avoided and the goal of over $100,000 in electricity charges have not been similarly adjusted.
Originally, 572 Tons of CO2 avoided were predicted per 1 Million KWH. That figure has now effectively increased to 817 Tons of CO2 per 1 Million KWH (572/0.7). That represents a stunning increase of 43%.
This project, which started at $1.5 million, snuck up to $2.0 million and is still racking up big maintenance costs, represents a major expenditure.
Sherwin, the 1,000,000 kWh annual projection would have been based on a capacity factor of 19.0%. The actual capacity factor achieved since the turbine's May 2009 start has been 10.1% as shown in the following table:
Based on the above, the UMPI wind turbine produced 4,681,517 kWh since it began spinning May 15, 2009 through Feb 12, 2018, a total of 8.75 years. This translates to an average annual production of 531,824 kWh per year versus their long touted going in estimate of 1,000,000 kWh per year.
THE 1,000,000 KWH PRODUCTION Goal was probably based on 100% full Capacity at a 100% WIND/AIR MOVEMENT At 40 mph 24/7- THAT what it would take to produce 1,000,000 KWH or CLOSER to that Production ! IN REALITY the Wind only (BLOWS)moves 60 % of the Time and 30 % Of that time it moves at 15-20 MPH !! SUSAN COLLINS will back anything that gets her reelected...
ALL OF THESE WIND POER TURBINE ESTIMATES ARE BASED ON THE WIND BLOWING/MOVING at FULL CAPACITY - 24/7@ 40 MPH. or greater VELOCITY !!
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