This is something that also concerns me, there's probably an obligation on the Owner to remove the turbines and reinstate the land (although I'm not sure the politicians will have thought that far) I'm sure some clever accountant will see the opportunity to avoid these costs by selling off the 'assets' to "Rogue Renewables PLC" who will then go belly up when the subsidies run out leaving the tax payer to pick up the bill.
Unless someone can educate me to the contrary?
It is pretty hard to reinstate the land when you're talking about peat bogs which have taken thousands of years to form. When they are destroyed, there is a huge release of CO2. There is also a huge amount of CO2 in the production of the tens of thousands of tonnes of concrete used for the foundations and the servicing tracks which go to each of the turbines. The industry doesn't mention any of the figures for the CO2 production due to the massive amounts of concrete used. Funny that, as it would make onshore wind power look much less environmentally friendly than it currently does in terms of CO2.
There's an application been put in where I live, and it involves the removal of an estimated 65,000 cubic metres of peat, which will be replaced with an equivalant amount of concrete. Given that peat helps retain water, it will no doubt be displaced to the local villages and roads which are already suffering badly from flooding.
https://eplanning.northlan.gov.uk/Onlin ... /00602/FUL