BigWind batting average is only 100 (1/10)

How likely is it that an industrial wind turbine will be planted in a field next to you? One of our readers inquired recently about what the pre-requisites are for going forward with a wind project.  The AWEA key points are listed below and the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Ohio in-state mandate serves as a barrier to obtaining a long term power purchase agreement and/or financing. Six key elements described by AWEA as necessary are:

To successfully site wind projects, a developer must consider:

Adequate wind: Turbines usually need wind that blows at least 11 miles per hour on average.  Small changes in wind speed can make a dramatic difference in the output of a wind farm.

Land rights: Developers need to secure adequate land rights from private owners or public agencies, so lease agreements come into play.

Permits: Developers must secure proper permits from all levels of government.

Transmission: Access to adequate and available transmission capacity is essential, and proximity to existing lines keeps costs down.

A buyer for the wind power: Developers must secure a utility or other entity to purchase the power generated from the wind project.

Financing: In order to build and operate a wind farm, developers need an investor or investors.

Each of these six elements must be secured to move a wind project from development, through construction, and into operation.  Failure to successfully navigate any one of these issues can result in a shelved project.  On average, only one in ten projects originally conceived by a developer will actually get constructed and put into operation…

via Siting wind farms requires choosing a proper location.