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It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. And produces no power. And costs far too much to harness. Just ask the current occupants of Will Alsop's Palestra building - the good folks at the London Development Agency. It would not be an exaggeration to say the turbines on the top of the south London landmark have been completely and utterly rubbish. Put up late last year, the windmills apped around aimlessly until they were finally taken down this January. Six months later they are still not back, leaving a forest of stalks swaying on the Southwark skyline. Apparently the 'installer' has 'not yet been able to provide evidence they have resolved the technical problems'.

Who said this going green was a breeze?

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