Community Wind Handbook/Understand Operations Maintenance
Understand Operations & Maintenance
Proper O&M of a large community wind project can help ensure an extended life for the project. Although owners can conduct O&M for their projects, they must be trained by qualified technicians. This type of training is usually provided through vocational schools, manufacturers, or contractors.
Some turbine vendors provide O&M services during the initial 2- to 5-year warranty period. Once the warranty has expired, or if one is not offered, it is necessary to hire an O&M team to conduct routine scheduled O&M tasks. Turbine vendors, manufacturers, and third-party businesses offer turbine O&M services, which can range from $20,000 to $50,000 per year per turbine.
If your large community wind project is located near a commercial project that utilizes the same type of turbine model, it may be possible to hire the commercial project’s O&M team rather than hiring a team dedicated to your project.
An important part of O&M is ongoing turbine monitoring. Suggested staffing numbers for a large community wind project will depend on the size of the facility, but it has been suggested that one technician be hired for every six to eight turbines installed.
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- "University of Southern Maine. A Maine Guide for Developing Community Wind Projects"
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- "Energy Trust of Oregon. Community Wind: An Oregon Guidebook"