The Bürgerwindparks, in contrast to the high-income earner (tax offset) funded schemes which were discussed in the article, are financed by citizens on average incomes who are enthusiastic about wind power. These projects, as well as the farmer-owned projects, are noted for their low costs and are continuing to be developed.
Nevertheless, the demise of the tax-offset schemes is hardly to be welcomed, for it is a consequence of the reduction in the power purchase rates for wind power that was urged by the German electricity industry. My research indicates that once you take the difference in wind speeds into account, returns per MW are much lower under the German system compared to say, the UK's Renewable Obligation. I really do hope that the big banks can save the day, but I fear that their lack of pressure for a better power purchase rate makes them more part of the problem rather than part of the solution in Germany.