..But, people don’t want it there (unmentioned in the article), and there’s already viable power where they want to build
The credit is worth 2.2 cents per killowatt-hour generated, beyond whatever the electricity can be sold for on the regional market. At some hours of the day, most or all of the revenue will come from the tax credit.
Well, that sounds like a hell of a viable business model, eh?
Without the credit, wind farms could still be profitable if they were built where the wind is strongest, according to Robert W. Thresher, a research fellow at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. But the trend lately, he said, has been to move to somewhat less favorable sites because the best ones within connection distance of the grid have been used up.
And, as noted, because people generally do not want the wind turbines in their neighborhoods nor blighting the landscape.