A $2.5-million wind turbine at the Dorchester Penitentiary has stopped working and the Correctional Service of Canada cannot estimate when it will be generating electricity again. The federal government purchased two wind turbines for Canadian penitentiaries in the last five years but both units have caused problems.
A 600-kW/h wind turbine was installed at the Dorchester Penitentiary in 2009, making it the first federal institution to generate a portion of its electricity from wind. However, nearby residents say the wind turbine at Dorchester hasn’t been working in months.
The Correctional Service of Canada won’t say exactly when the turbine failed, but it will confirm the federal government has spent $60,000 on repairs. Officials at the Correctional Service of Canada would not say how often the turbine has worked or how much electricity it has generated since it was first commissioned.
Mel Goodland, a former mayor of Dorchester, said people in the village would like to see the turbine operating again. “I’d love to see it working. It should be working, if it’s there it should be working,” Goodland said. “It’s a huge cost and it would be a sin if they couldn’t solve the problems.” Read article