Adding to failures of the Portsmouth wind turbine discussed in letters to you from Mr. Terry Mooney, Ms. Arlene Tunney et al in your June 23 issue, the turbine has failed yet again, this time catastrophically. The gearbox has failed, first reported in the July 3 Bristol Patch and confirmed personally to me on July 9 by Mr. Gary Crosby, the project manager.
Replacement costs of around $400,000 have been estimated. It is not covered by warranty.
It is important to publicize this as widely as possible, because the Portsmouth turbine has been widely publicized as a role model to be emulated everywhere.
The secondary damage has also already begun. A small turbine erected in Bristol this year and inspired by the Portsmouth windmill has already failed.
Nicholas Ratti, Jr