I am sure people in the Government are aware that some studies have already been done at UWI relating to wind turbines and other forms of alternative and renewable energy and its feasibility, or lack off feasibility in Trinidad and Tobago. I was told that even BPTT is/was doing some of its own research into wind energy in Trinidad, or maybe it was just Tobago – BP is an energy company that needs to avoid another oil spill, you see.
I don’t know if large-scale electricity generation using wind turbines will be feasible in Trinidad and Tobago as large amounts of land will be needed, vexing local farmers, mall builders and squatters. The idea of wind turbines sounds good, clean and renewable but wind turbines are not maintenance free as they need the occasional bug-cleaning and cobeux removal. As the power needs for the country grows the land for wind farm expansion may have to eventually be a man-made island off Otaheti.
I doubt there will be many residents in Trinidad and Tobago who will take up the wind turbine tax break proposed in the 2011 budget because of the cost of installing an 80-foot plus pole in their backyard, a pole similar in stature to the flagpole in the National Stadium. Besides the exorbitant cost of hiring a crane to hoist the tall pole and a 5 kW wind turbine, getting Town and Country approval isn’t cheap and not likely. Noise from the wind turbine might not be a big issue in any Trinidad and Tobago neighbourhood since the noise from those Peak and Katashi air conditioning units will drown out anything. I wonder what size battery bank will be needed for a 5 kW wind turbine? I can see wind turbine battery bank sizing will be the next project for some budding engineer.
I suppose this Government proposal was aimed at anybody (entrepreneur, smart man etc) who wants to get into the wind farm business and sell electricity to the nation. Sorry for sounding so negative but my experiences tell me that in Trinidad and Tobago where big money is concerned, nothing is what it appears to be. I am not sure if producing electricity from wind turbines will be economic today as the country now has to find use for the excess energy that was supposed to go to the infamous Alutrint.
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