Wind turbine price discrepancy

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Forty delegates at a recent workshop at Monash University in Victoria were told that wind turbines with rated capacities of 500 kW are now available on the Australasian market for just A$600,000 to A$800,000 installed. That is according to Graham White of British wind consultancy Garrad Hassan. But Monash researcher, Peter Freere and several Danish delegates at the workshop believed the quoted prices were too low. The workshop, "Wind Energy for Utilities, Developers and Planners" was oriented towards large, grid connected wind projects and included presentations by delegates from Danish wind companies Vestas and NEG Micon, German companies Enercon and Nordex Balcke-Dürr, Bergey from the US and Lagerwey from the Netherlands. Freere also reports that keynote speaker Paul Gipe advised delegates to carefully consider the serviceability of turbines, particularly lift and winch provisions. Gipe said delegates should be "suspicious" of turbines if their availability is less than 98%. The workshop consensus on the wind market in the region was that there will be a lot more wind development in Australia, but that there will be a "hiatus for a while" in New Zealand due to the separation of retail and distribution businesses.

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