Worst Wind Turbine Install in History

This category started as a joke when Mike Nelson forwarded a photograph of a poorly installed wind turbine in Seattle. Mike is an old hand at renewables and like Stewart Russell knows a good installation–and a bad one–when he sees it. Since Mike’s first report, others have followed and now the list is continuing to grow.

If you don’t know why these are bad installations, then you need to read a good book on wind power. There are now dozens of such books available in English.

This category was originally a part of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) and the examples given are of VAWTs of various kinds. However, poor installation practices are not unique to VAWTs and so this category has been reassigned to include all small wind turbines.

CleanVerTec of Vienna's VAWT on the roof of  Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR) in Köln-Deutz 20 November 2019. Photo by Thilo Wirth.

Cologne VAWT Update–Still Not Working and Still Not Removed


Thilo Wirth was working in the LVR building the Cologne district of Köln-Deutz and sent me his cell-phone picture of the Clean VerTec wind turbine on the roof.


DBJ: El Centro College puts Dallas’ first wind turbines on the roof


Nicholas Sakelaris

The college installed 80 miniature wind turbines on the roof of the nine-story building last week. . . for $240,000 . . .

Three Savonius turbines in front of the Nature Conservancy's building in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

Another Poorly Sited Hoosier VAWT Vying for Worst Turbine Install


Paul Gipe

Hoosiers have definitely drunk the cool-aid. Worse, it’s another example of architectural greenwashing. According local press reports the Nature Conservancy …


Reno Nevada Proves–Again–that “Small Urban Wind” Produces Poor Results


Paul Gipe

Reno, Nevada is vying for the world record for “Worst Turbine Install in History” through sheer scale, expense, and hubris. . .

worst. turbine. sheltering. EVAR!!

Kansas Worst Turbine Install


Paul Gipe

The following is another submission by Stewart Russell for the worst turbine install in history. This one is on a bridge in Kansas City and uses two of Southwest Windpower’s Air series turbines. As Stewart points out, the turbines are behind the solar panels.

Adobe Systems with Mariah Windspire turbines on top of the parking garage.

Mariah In the Running for Worst Small Turbine Install


Paul Gipe

You have to give them credit, small turbine manufacturers are a competitive lot, especially small VAWT suppliers. They are tripping over themselves to see who can win the award for worst turbine install.

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