Hedging bets on wind development & project returns

By Michelle Froese By Michelle Froese, Senior editor
Windpower Engineering & Development
Life as a wind developer is far more challenging today than in previous years. Granted, the work has always been a complex process that involves many steps, including land prospecting, permitting, financing, designing, constructing, and many others. However, the current market landscape is unlike any other the wind industry has seen before, with fewer power-purchase agreements (PPA) and expiring production tax credits (PTC).
The investment risks are greater and a seemingly good, strong-wind location is no guarantee of a profitable return on investment for a wind project. Unlike good real-estate catchphrase, “location, location, location,”

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