Marshfield School’s Proven P35-2 wind turbine, funded through PTA and other locally raised contributions as well as grants from EDF and LCBP, was recommissioned in January 2013. The school has already received a quarterly Feed in Tariff payment for energy generated, and is on track again to generate 50% of its annual electricity consumption.
The wind turbine was commissioned in February 2011. In September that year Proven identified a technical problem and advised that the turbine should be stopped until it could be resolved under warranty. Unfortunately funder support was withdrawn from Proven and the company went into receivership.
Whilst the business of selling new turbines was sold to Kingspan, the warranties for existing turbines were not included in the sale. A Scottish operator, with a large number of Proven turbines, developed a repair for their own machines and eventually gained MCS approval and capacity to offer the repair to other operators.
The School joined the queue and the turbine was repaired and recommissioned in January 2013.
Story by Tony Kerr