How do wind farms impact property values?

Wind farms have no impact on surrounding property values. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, winner of 13 Nobel Prizes, was asked by the United States Department of Energy to conduct a comprehensive review of property values near wind turbines. The institution conducted studies in 2009 and 2013, reviewing 50,000 home sales records near 67 wind farms in 27 counties across 9 states. They found zero impacts from wind farms[1].

How do wind farms affect family farming?

Wind farms help preserve family farms. Lease payments provide a stable income stream that helps small farms weather fluctuations in crop production and pricing. Additionally, a typical wind farm uses only 1 to 2 acres per wind turbine, including all infrastructure like access roads, leaving 99% of farmland available for continued farm operation. It’s not uncommon to see sheep grazing or resting in the shadow of the turbine.

What can be done to mitigate impact from wind turbines?

With more than 300,000 wind turbines operating worldwide, best practices to minimize unwanted impacts are well established. Because effects diminish with distance, common sense setbacks ensure that wind turbines operate safely, quietly and unobtrusively for neighbors.

[1] Hoen, B., Brown, J. P., Jackson, T., Wiser, R., Thayer, M., & Cappers, P. (2013). A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States. Retrieved from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory website: www.emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-6362e.pdf

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