The Heartland Wind Turbine died

by:  Diane Benjamin

Date of death:  September 18, 2013

Date it may rise from the dead:  November 11, 2013  (at least some time that week)

The College (taxpayers) will not incur any costs to fix it.

This information was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

There is a little more to this story however.  A tipster sent me this document:  HCC wind turbine DOE decision selected Vestas V82

Everybody loves a sale, but how about buying a discontinued model.  The document doesn’t say anything about a discount, just a lot of grant money (taxpayer dollars).  The blades were made in Colorado.  The rest of it is from Spain.  The model Heartland bought was the last of its kind.

This is my favorite part – they got a waiver from “Buy American”:

HCC wind turbine DOE decision selected Vestas V82.pdf2

Looks like a “shovel-ready” job has finally been located!

Maybe buying a discontinued model has something to do with finding parts.  2 months out of commission is going to make the pay-back period a little longer.

Links to previous stories:

https://blnnews.com/2012/05/24/will-the-heartland-college-windmill-save-money/

https://blnnews.com/2013/05/24/how-much-is-the-heartland-turbine-saving/

Other stories also exist – search:  Heartland

 

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One thought on “The Heartland Wind Turbine died

  1. This is too funny. It’s not funny when the taxpayer gets the shaft but it’s so ironic that the educators themselves are getting an education. However by the end of the day, they still won’t understand. Must be that Common Core stuff prohibiting them from any critical thinking that otherwise could have prevented this stupidity.

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