Highland Council said yesterday it planned to expand its turbine programme as it helped the local authority reduce its carbon emissions and cut energy costs.
But as a result of the recent risk assessments, four turbines at north schools will be decommissioned.
Turbines at Holm Primary in Inverness, Rosehall Primary in Sutherland and Isle of Eigg Primary will be removed as they are not producing enough energy.
And the turbine at Craighill Primary at Tain will also be removed as it was causing a flickering effect that could bring on epilepsy in pupils or staff.
Highland Council deputy chief executive Steve Barron said opportunities would be sought use the equipment on more suitable sites.
Turbines will start spinning again next month at Bower, Crossroads, Pultneytown and South primary schools in Caithness.
Dornoch Academy and Stoer Primary in Sutherland, Culloden Academy in Inverness and Acharacle Primary in Lochaber will also be switched on, along with Gairloch Academy, Hilton of Cadboll Primary and Inver Primary in Ross-shire.
In September, supermarket giant Tesco applied for a variation of its planning permission to build a new store in Durham after it decided not to include a wind turbine at the site.
In its application, it stated: “We have taken a corporate decision,on the grounds of health and safety, not to include wind turbines as a source ofrenewable energy within any new store proposals.”