The Low Carbon Kid's Green Bollocks Award for 2006 goes to Windsave, David Cameron's and B&Q's friends who make wind turbines. They are pants.
The Low Carbon Kid has watched this company from the start. They are total crap.
They started off making physically impossible claims (due to the conservation of energy principle).
Then, when I questioned this, for two years wouldn't publish any specs.
Yet at the same time won over politically advantageous friends such as Brian Wilson, former energy minister and others close to the Scottish Executive to win backing.
Their sales literature only included photocollages of turbines on roofs.
I have questioned them at several NEMEX trade shows. Last time - when I pointed out how poorly sited a turbine was - I got some bullshit about things off frame I couldn't see compensating for it.
None of the reps ever seems to know how the things really perform - because they haven't been properly independently tested at BRE (to my knowledge).
I'm impressed by Mark Brinkley's blog on Windsave, which contains some good facts on how poorly they perform - there's so much misunderstanding and therefore misinformation about smallscale windpower.
This is going to cause a public backlash in the future when they find the reality doesn't match the hype.
(The same thing happened in the nineties when Greenpeace overhyped solar electric panels).
You want a proper and honest small scale windpower assessment, probably cheaper than rip-off Windsave? Talk to the master - Hugh Piggott at Scoraig.
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