Wind farm construction can be completed within a few months. However, you may first need to build roads into the site for hauling in the wind turbines and other equipment.
For each wind turbine, you’ll need to excavate a hole and fill it with reinforced concrete to serve as a stabilizing foundation. This process is more demanding in rocky conditions or offshore wind farms. Once the foundation is prepared, erect the turbines with specialized hoists.
Put the electrical wiring and systems in place, and run tests to ensure that all the elements are operating properly. It often takes six months before all the kinks are ironed out and the wind farm achieves full commercial production capacity.
Each wind turbine needs about a week’s worth of routine maintenance per year. The American Wind Energy Association says it takes one wind technician to service each 10 megawatts of installed generating capacity.
What’s next? Enjoy the breeze while the wind works for you!