Rush for turbine scrap guarantees

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Owners of old and small wind turbines in Denmark are in a race with time to get "scrap guarantees" for taking their old machines off-line and replacing them with modern, more productive units. As part of the new regulations in the Danish wind power market, the government is encouraging replacement of old turbines blocking good sites with scrap guarantees for turbines dismantled between March 1999 and December 2003 (Windpower Monthly, April 2001). A 75 kW turbine can bring a scrap guarantee worth about DKK 230,000 (EUR 30,900). The challenge lies in timing. Although the period set aside lasts through 2003, the payment is so far only guaranteed by the government until the end of 2002 -- a year and a half away -- and it takes about that long to receive a licence to build a new wind turbine today in Denmark.

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