THE turbines on top of the Civic Centre in Huddersfield have been a sorry saga ... and a waste of money so far.
They were installed as a high profile way of showing Kirklees taxpayers the value of windpower and renewable energy – but all they have really done is blow their money away.
They cost £100,000 to install and have been a drain on finances, costing far more to buy and maintain than the money they have generated.
One has been broken for 16 months which proves these models are hardly cost-effective, efficient and must be exceptionally difficult to fix.
The company behind the wind turbines has now offered to put two up in a windier location for free and the promise is they will reap £4,000 a year for the council.
Time will tell if this turns out to be a good deal, but rest assured we’ll be keeping close tabs on it.