Decommissioning Wind Energy Systems

Environment
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Every day, rural communities benefit from wind energy. Wind development provides new income for landowners, new tax revenue to fund schools and services, and creates local career and job opportunities. County officials are responsible for enacting siting or zoning standards that help ensure wind development is supported by local residents. Many seek to address the issue of decommissioning.

As projects reach the end of their operational lifespan—often estimated at 20 to 25 years—owners may seek to cease generation at a facility and decommission a system.