31 Jan '14, 3pm

Wind Turbine Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment

Wind Turbine Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment

For companies looking to make an investment in wind power, there's more to do after the permits are achieved, the ground at the site is broken and construction is complete. At that point, wind farm owners need to begin looking at how to protect and get the most out of the investment they've made in renewable energy production. Fernando Valldeperes, director of services, sales and marketing for Gamesa Corp., said wind farm operators should take a long view when seeking to protect their turbines and equipment. "Wind turbine owners should favor medium — and long-term contracts, as O&M (operations and maintenance) services prices are stabilizing," he said. "If customers did not contract full-service maintenance contracts, they should invest in upgrades that will make the turbines more reliable and increase the energy output over the long term. Lower repair and maintenance cost...

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