Corrosion-hit Blackpool wind turbines to be replaced in £ 24,000 project

Plans are in place to replace the wind turbines at the Solaris Center in Blackpool, which are currently out of service due to corrosion.

The council proposes to spend almost £ 24,000 on work with the turbines seen as contributing to the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

The turbines were installed in 2003 as part of the restoration of the Harrowside Solarium on South Promenade, which was renamed Solaris and designated as an environmental center.

With solar panels, they helped transform the site into a zero-energy, low-carbon building.

A report from the board states: “Following the service and condition inspection in May 2021, the wind turbines at the Solaris Center have been braked and are no longer in service.

“After 18 years of operation and exposure to a harsh marine environment, the inspection identified excessive corrosion outside acceptable tolerances on the turbine head hubs and frames and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, the turbines were braked and withdrawn from operation. “

It is proposed to replace them with marine grade turbine heads with a lifespan of 20 to 25 years at a cost of £ 23,880.

The financing will be borrowed over 15 years for an amount of £ 30,097 of which £ 7,717 is interest.

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