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Age structure


A lot of the WTs installed in Germany had passed the accepted service life of 20 years, especially WTs with from today’s view small nominal capacities below 1 MW - see figure below. The anticipated dismantling of these installations will therefore only have a minor impact on wind capacity installed. The locations of these installations could be used for repowering measures - to erect newer and more powerful installations if so permitted at the locations by current planning specifications. The possibility of an additional payment for installation repowering previously provided for in the old REA is no longer relevant with the introduction of the REA in August 2014.



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Data source: [Keiler and Häuser]