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    • I don't know how it is in that case, but most of the wind farms I have seen go through a heavy permitting process - pretty much every conceivable agency has its say, so be sure that you can't just buy your way into a location.

    • Profitability. Depending on the wind regime and the complexity of the site, projects are going to be more or less profitable. You can be sure that we finance only economically viable projects, and as debt can make up to 80% of the total investment, this is heavily scrutinised. Some projects do make a great return for the investors, if they found a good site and did not take too much time developing it.

    • Turbine models are meant to survive extreme gusts of wind. In fact, they stop if wind goes above a certain speed limit. In the big tempest in the winter of 1999/2000, 40% of the trees in Denmark went down, and only 6 turbines out of several thousand, so it should be okay.

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    in the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)

    by Jerome a Paris on Mon Jul 11, 2005 at 12:47:52 PM PDT

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