BY BY Bergey…
After two years of small wind research the City of Ellensburg has decided to remove the small wind turbines at their renewable energy park.
If you’re interested in an almost new Bergey you can find the auction here: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,wa/auction/view?auc=1020076
A link to the City’s review of the “Smart Grid” wind project can be found here: http://www.ci.ellensburg.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/3030
A great article on the project in the Daily Record can be found here: http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/city-of-ellensburg-removing-wind-turbines/article_75e8100a-3da1-11e3-95d2-0019bb2963f4.html
The Daily Record reports that: “Only three of the nine towers built — the Bergey, Ventera and Skystream-brand turbines — produced enough energy to warrant a second look.” As all of you should know: Skystream closed its doors last year and Hire Electric does not install the Ventera.
Hopefully this review puts to rest (once and for all) the crazy notion of a vertical axis wind machine being viable. It’s sad to see the Bergey go just because several other machines were dangerous, not delivered or underperforming. The small wind industry has been plagued with scams and ill-designed machines that come to market with almost no vetting. Unfortunately the whole industry suffers as a result.