Island hit as cable fault means turbine can turn but not earn, Herald, 26 May 14
Two vital projects on a remote Hebridean island could be undermined because its community wind turbine lost around £150,000 in revenue in the first three months of this year due to failed grid connections.
The wind was turning the blades of Tiree’s turbine, christened Tilley, but
the electricity it was generating could not go on to the grid to earn
money, due to damage to Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) cable to the
mainland. The island’s diesel backup generator had swung into action to
ensure the lights were still on in the island’s homes.
This of course makes a hole in the financial returns of such Community turbines, either as this through connectivity, or mechanical failure and repair costs. Communities simply do not have the financial security to weather such storms.