Welsh Government Local Energy Service publishes guidance on refurbished wind turbines
The Welsh Government Local Energy Service has published new guidance on the use of refurbished wind turbines for community renewable energy sites across Wales.
Local Energy is continually looking for new business models to support community groups and refurbished wind turbines could prove to be a financially viable option.
The costs associated with purchasing a refurbished turbine are usually much lower than for a new model which makes the level of financing required more achievable. There are technical considerations and requirements to be aware of but they could prove to be a significant development. This briefing document sets out what needs to be looked at when considering a refurbished wind turbine.
Paul Smith, Local Energy Service Programme Manager, said:
“The economics of renewable energy schemes continue to be difficult so I’m glad to be able to present an option that means more sites could be developed under local ownership. The lower construction costs of a refurbished turbine put some within reach of being 100% financed through a community share offer which can further boost the benefits retained by the local community.
“Through Local Energy we are looking at the suitability of a refurbished turbine for some specific sites in more detail, so we will be able to add more complete financial and technical appraisals to build on this new module.”
The guidance can be read on the Local Energy website here.
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