The following is an excerpt of the full article that can be found here. It will also be available in print in the August issue of North American Windpower.
Repowering is not a new idea, with first efforts in the U.S. occurring in the late 1990s with the San Gorgonio Westwinds repower in California.
Since then, several projects located in California have undergone similar repowering efforts. More recently, projects outside California are getting more attention and include the potential repowering of the Mendota project, owned by Leeward Energy, or the repowering efforts being undertaken by NextEra.
With more than 84,000 MW of wind power in the U.S., representing nearly 6% of total U.S. electrical generation in 2016, repowering wind projects will continue to be an important topic in future years.
The decision between repowering a project versus continuing to operate is dictated by the type and age of the project under consideration. There are two main reasons for repowering projects: end of the turbine’s life or, typically, end of tax credits. (…)
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