A local community had a Lagerwey 80kW wind turbine running since 1992 which was past its economic life. Due to regional legislation the hub height for a replacement was restricted to only 35 meters. Existing subsidy programs were only focusing on large-scale wind farms, outside the scope of local and decentralized wind turbine initiatives like this one.
We made a plan to get a viable repowering solution, benefiting the local community without making use of subsidies, maximizing the recycling of components. After engineering of the best solution on-site, we applied and got approval for a planning permission for a 850kW wind turbine on a 35-meter high tower and got confirmation for a suitable grid connection. We sourced the right wind turbine and after full refurbishment got it installed.
A good example of a decentralized sustainable project, initiated and owned by a local community, benefiting the exploitation returns. We made use of a second-life wind turbine, minimizing carbon footprint and maximizing recycling of components, without using public money or subsidies. A large part of the financing was arranged through crowd funding. The result: energy sales directly to local, small-scale businesses and enterprises at acceptable and stable pricing.