If we look at West Coast Energy site for Little Raith Industrial Wind Farm, they provide the following claim, that the the Industrial Turbines will power 15,400 homes. This figure is also touted in local press reports with the addition that it is enough energy to power all homes in Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Auchtertool, Kelty and Ballingry for a year. However, this is based on the name plate capacity of 2.75Mw per turbine.
Developers often use the name plate capacity to show very high unachievable targets and benefits. In reality the actual capacity generated from Industrial Turbines is much lower. Developers will insist that they can at least produce 30% of their name plate capacity which means that only 4620 homes will be able to be powered by Little Raith Wind Farm.
However, research conducted in England has shown that only 8 Wind Farms out of 104 Wind Farms were able to produce 30% or more of their name plate capacity over a year. 30% of energy production is very low in terms of meeting our energy needs and the fact that 96 Wind Farms couldn’t even provide this amount, highlights a very real concern that Wind Energy is just not suitable as an alternative for our energy demands.
Research conducted in Scotland showed that Wind Farms in general only produce 10-15% of their rated capacity. If we apply the lowest figure to Little Raith Wind Farm, then only 1540 homes will be able to be powered from Little Raith Wind Farm.
This is a very low number and we must ask ourselves, is it really worth risking the health of individual community members, lowering the property values within the 4 areas, and wasting a community resource on an unproven technology that is very inefficient in terms of actual energy produced?