The economic performance of your Wind Project is perhaps the most important consideration and calculation. In the real world Wind Projects are most successful when they generate positive cash-flow. The true value of a Wind Project has a direct economic component (market value of energy), an environmental component, and a social-political component.
These values can be translated into an economic dollar value that can be utilized to leverage the cash-flow position of your wind project. In short, the true value of wind can be defined in many ways, for purposes of this Planning Guide we’re going to focus on the hard Value of Energy: the Market. On the island of Kauai, the current Value of Energy is 41 cents/KWH.
The Value of Energy is defined by how much electricity is worth at a given point of delivery. The Two Most Important aspects of your Wind Project are: how much does it cost to install? And, how much does it produce in Electricity?
To analyze your Initial Installed Cost (IC), add up the following cost considerations:
Purchase Price ____________
Shipping Costs: ___________
Off-Loading Costs: ________
Site-Preparation Costs: ______
Foundation Costs: __________
Utility Intertie Costs: ________
Installation Costs ___________
Special Equipment ie. Crane ___
Data Acquisition System ______
Cost of Land: _______________
The economic parameters will give you a great metric to measure and track the actual costs and performance factors that determine the profitability of wind projects. Print this list for your workbook, and use as a work sheet.