UK Daily Mail
Feb 10, 2011
Passed by millions of drivers a year, it is one of England’s best known wind turbines. It is also one of its most useless.
According to latest figures, the 280ft generator towering over the M4 near Reading worked at just 15 per cent of its capacity last year. And although it generated electricity worth an estimated £100,000, it had to be subsidised with £130,000 of public money.
Since it was switched on in 2005, it has been given £600,000 in public subsidies while working at an average of 17 per cent of its capacity.
The revelation came as the Government pledged to crack down on ‘cash cow’ turbines in locations that simply are not windy enough.
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