“The leasing allowed us to take advantage of the savings,” said Dennis Rak, “without having to put in all the upfront capital.” Having entertained the idea of investing in a wind turbine for several years, the Raks were excited to be offered a WindLease because it came with guaranteed production and 20 years of maintenance, with a no money down option. This peace of mind allowed the Raks to move forward with a wind turbine while allowing them to focus on what they know best: wine!
No strangers to being green, the Raks have been involved with biomass crops and were excited to expand their Vineyard’s renewable energy efforts with the addition of a wind turbine. “It fits into what we do… we thought it was a good fit,” said Sue. The Raks had been considering an outright purchase of a turbine for some time, but admitted that wind energy was hardly their specialty, and weren’t comfortable with making such a large capital outlay without any guarantees. “We felt comfortable, but we just don’t have experience in operating and maintaining a turbine, and knowing what production would be – that’s not what we do. By having that be [United Wind]’s responsibility, but still being able to tap into the benefits – that made a lot of sense,” stressed Dennis.