Waseda dinged for windmill failure

Kyodo News

The Tokyo District Court ordered Waseda University on Monday to pay some ¥200 million in damages to the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, because windmills installed at schools there, based on the university’s plan, failed to generate the amount of electricity expected.

The city entrusted the university in 2004 with compiling a basic program for wind generation as part of its efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and set up 23 small windmills at elementary and junior high schools at a cost of some ¥300 million.

The power output was substantially lower than expected, prompting the city to seek ¥300 million in compensation from the Tokyo university and the company that built the windmills.