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New vs. Used TallTowers

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In addition to safety considerations, it is important to factor in the cost of the used towers.  While many of these are available for a relatively low price, the cost and logistics involved with shipping these towers to the new site can quickly add up and be quite costly.  As a comparison, NRG Systems offers free ground transportation for all new towers, direct to the site.  This benefit alone may make it advantageous to install new towers.  As a comparison on costs:

 

SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

WEIGHT

LOGISTICS

COST
Iowa to Illinois ~154 miles

COST
Wyoming to Texas ~672 miles

COST
South Dakota to New Mexico ~891 miles

COST Oklahoma to North Carolina ~1211 miles

60m XHD w/gin pole

4274 lbs.

Intermodal freight (surface)

$1,494.10

$3,163.62

$3,529.05

$2,839.35

60m XHD

3215 lbs.

$1,085.93

$2,732.15

$2,347.51

$2,426.38

50m XHD w/gin pole

3843 lbs.

$1,085.93

$3,751.36

$2,384.51

$2,839.35

50m XHD

2777 lbs.

$991.10

$2,098.56

$2,340.98

$1,426.36



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Thanks for the update Julia.

EAPC Wind Energy (Norwich, VT) will soon have multiple used 50m and 60m towers from a wind energy campaign that we are decomissioning for a customer.

We will plan to offer these used towers to customers and will ship them to the project site at the time of installation with our experienced crew.  Our mileage rate to have the tower crew and the tower on our truck and trailer is approximately $1.10/mile and thus our price for 'shipping' these towers is signifacntly cheaper than by using the Intermodal frieght service you have suggested above.  We would be happy if you could send any inquiries for used to towers to us if you find clients who are looking to save money on their wind energy campaigns by using a combination of used towers, new components, and reduced shipping if installed by our crew.

 

Thanks,

Nick Laskovski

EAPC WInd Energy

802.649.1511

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Yes - it looks like we transposed some numbers.  Here is the correct info for the 60 m XHD with and without ginpole:

 60m XHD w/gin pole                  60m XHD w/o gin pole

WY to TX        $3163.62                    $2732.15    

IA to IL             $1494.10                   $1085.93

SD to NM        $3529.05                   $2347.51

OK to NC         $2839.35                   $2426.38

 

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