Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has

Found on Energy Central News on Sunday, 15 July 2018
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The life span of a wind turbine, power companies say, is between 20 and 25 years. But in Europe, with a much longer history of wind power generation, the life of a turbine appears to be somewhat less.

In Texas, there are approximately 12,000 turbines operational in the state. Decommissioning these turbines could cost as much as $2.3 billion.

"The blades are composite, those are not recyclable, those can't be sold," Linowes said. "The landfills are going to be filled with blades in a matter of no time."

It's well known that wind turbines are special waste; but it's still called green energy, because the problem only arises in 1-2 decades.