- The Dancing Ladies
the turbines were installed in 2003, they have proven to be the
mainstay of income generation for the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust.
The three turbines produce a total of 675 kW maximum capacity and
this power is exported directly to the national grid. They fully
paid for themselves of loans, grants and share issues since March
2009, and therefore any monies generated by the turbines can be
passed straight on to the trust.
turbines are serviced twice in year, each turbine receiving both
a Minor and a major service. With service regime, we hope to maintain
maximum efficiency and production of the turbines for as long as
possible -- any service issues found dealt with immediately, and
Vestas have proven to be the extremely dependable service organisation.
2008 it has been possible to remotely monitor, and in some situations
remotely restart, the turbines from my PC at home. This has proven
to be an invaluable to allowing frequent checks of the turbines
and hopefully early warning of any significant issues from my office
where I'm typing this. I can see 213 revolving slowly in a South
Easterly wind, and it is extremely satisfying to remotely restart,
turbine 3 miles away at to see it slowly start out the window. I
should say that remotely restarted turbines is an infrequent event.
If the turbine it has stopped. It is much safer to visit the turbines
to absolutelyensure that the error is cleared, prior to restart
turbines have not been without their dramas, we live in a part of
the world, where during the winter months it is not uncommon to
have extremely stormy conditions. We've had lightning strikes, which
caused a tremendous amount of damage to one turbine in particular,
a roof panel blown off an extreme winter conditions had a major
substation failure. The turbines have however proven to be extremely
durable, and the V27, renowned for its comparatively low-tech approach,
was an excellent choice for Gigha.
were concerns at the design and planning stage of the visual impact
of the three turbines at the south end of Gigha. I may be biased,
but I feel the turbines actually add to our skyline, rather than
detracting from it. There is a certain Majesty about the turbines,
and particularly when you stand close by then, they set an interesting
counterpoint to the fantastic views to the west, across the Islay
and Jura. It's also interesting to note that the land all around
the turbines is still farmed. The turbines themselves don't appear
to have had any direct impact on agriculture of the south end of
the island, and quite often. When I visit the turbines and fighting
my way through stirks and sheep, indeed T2 is often used as shelter
of feeding stirks.
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