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Age isn’t just a number

How do you solve a problem like ageing? We’re now 30 years on from the commissioning of Scotland’s first commercial onshore wind farm, and our sector is coming together to discuss the reality of what to do with an ageing fleet of turbines that are rapidly reaching the end of their financially useful lives.

By the end of this decade, the first tranche of utility scale wind turbines will have reached or exceeded their design life, and many will have become more expensive to maintain than the revenue they collect. By 2050, as many as 5,500 turbines in Scotland will have to be decommissioned.

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