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Breaking: Wind Turbine Preparing To Self-Decommission –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 15, 2023


A reader sent this photo of what appears to be a Wind Turbine preparing to “self-decommission” –

This is in the wind farm previously owned by E-ON Renewables; East of Paxton and South of Route 9 – one mile South of Clarence, IL.

More info when it becomes available.

Photo by Ted Hartke:

Additional photos from Ford County Chronicle:



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  • Sandy Gray
    Posted at 20:50h, 15 February

    When it becomes time to take these down and reclaim the area is the land owner responsible for paying the cost of the removal and reclaiming the site. If this is the case what would be the price for this to be done and who would provide the service for removal?
    Are these companies still leasing the ground and are they actually paying their lease money?.

  • Brad abernethy
    Posted at 13:15h, 16 February

    The company, assuming it’s still in business is responsible. In most cases, since the base and footings are already in place, a replacement of the blades is all that is needed. I have a buddy who’s had turbines on his farm since the mid 90’s..and he has received rental payments each year far surpassing the amount any crop would have brought him….and since he raises beef cattle, all the land below the turbine is still used for grazing.

  • Chuck Burnett
    Posted at 12:17h, 18 February

    I believe Ford County had an agreement that the wind farm company had to have a decommissioning fund to remove any unused or abandoned tower/generator

  • Guy Wind
    Posted at 13:38h, 19 February

    Hey – Leaning Tower of Pisa became an attraction.