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What is happening to our oldest wind and solar farms in Great Britain?

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Lecturer in Environmental Planning , University of the West of England

I am a Lecturer In Environmental Planning at the University of the West of England  My recent research explored end-of-life decision making (repowering, life extension and decommissioning) for...

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What is happening to our oldest wind and solar farms in Great Britain?

A summary of my doctoral research, key findings and recommendations 

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Matt Chester on Sep 27, 2021

Use an end-of-life application to reconsider what the local community wants, potentially including different forms of community benefit.

I'd love to hear more about this point, Rebecca. What are the types of options you would suggest for end-of-life to a room of community stakeholders who were interested in this question? 

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Rebecca Windemer on Sep 30, 2021

Communities should consider if a community benefit fund (the common form of benefit here in the UK) has been used or if they would prefer a different form of benefit such as discounts on their energy bills or community shared ownership of part of the site.


Communities should also consider what they want in terms of the design of a repowered scheme - this could include factors such as site layout, walking tracks etc.

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Audra Drazga on Sep 29, 2021

Rebecca, welcome to the community and thanks for sharing.  I look forward to seeing you in the community on a regular basis!

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Rebecca Windemer on Sep 30, 2021

Thank you 

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Jim Stack on Sep 29, 2021

Rebecca , a very important study. I'd like to know the average life of a wind generator. Does it depend on the average wind speed or location near water or are there other factors? 

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Rebecca Windemer on Sep 30, 2021

Thank you. I do not have an exact answer, but from what I have been told it varies based on conditions such as wind speed. Many in the UK are lasting longer than 25 years. 

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Paul Korzeniowski on Oct 26, 2021

Interesting points. These technologies have been used for about 25 years and are nearing their end of life. Plants are expensive to build, so ideally finding ways to squeeze more life out of the footprint seems like the better financial option. The challenge seems to be form factors, fitting new technology intro old frameworks. Ideally, some economically viable, easy to deploy solutions will emerge. 

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