NOBLE CLINTON PRODUCTION STATISTICS
At the end of September 2008 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ) released the first quarterly production figures for the Noble Clinton wind project which went on line April 8, 2008. This project includes 67 GE 1.5 MW model SLE turbines that are capacity rated at 31 mph. A statistical analysis of the hourly production of the Clinton project shows the following:
APRIL 8 TO APRIL 30 – 14.5% of its capacity rating with 88 hrs. of zero production and over 70 hrs. with the entire project producing less than 1% of capacity.
MAY 1 TO MAY 31 – 14% of capacity rating with 168 hrs. of zero production and over 50 hrs. with the entire project producing less than 1% of capacity.
In addition there were chargebacks for over $100,000 in the month of May.
JUNE 1 TO JUNE 30 – 17% of capacity rating with 83 hrs.of zero production and 50 hrs. with the entire project producing less than 1% of capacity.
On average we can expect 4 hrs. of “blackout” daily .
Given these low wind conditions it would require 6 or 7 turbines to equal the advertised output of ONE.
Although the figures for July – September are not yet available preliminary wind data would indicte even lower production.