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Farm Income – Land for Wind Farms – Additional Income For Landowners

Earn substantial Long Term Income from providing Land for Wind Turbine Operators.

cow-and-wind-turbine


Landowners have an opportunity to earn additional income from providing land for the installation and operation of Wind turbines. For each turbine a land owner allows to be installed and operated on their land, additional income can be generated. A single Wind Turbine up to a full scale Wind Farm can provide landowners with a regular income, for no additional labour or expense, usually for a period of 25 years.
MyWindPowerSystem.com would like to hear from farmers, community groups, councils and major corporations that would like to earn additional income through generating clean sustainable energy on their land.
Farmers


Work on land has become increasingly difficult over recent years and even more so to generate income from land. Many farmers are faced with the fact with the need to diversify but what can be done and how to diversify? Lease out your land to Wind Turbine operators! Very little room is taken up by the turbine bases, so little impact is made to your usable land.

cows-and-wind-turbines

If interested, you might be looking for answers to the following questions:

• How noisy are wind turbines?

• What is the visual impact?

• Will the community benefit?
• How will the value of my land be affected?


• How much land is required?

• What agreements need to be made?


• What are the impacts during
construction?

• How is farming impacted after installation?

 

Please read on, here are the answers for you:


How noisy are wind turbines?


It can not be denied that wind turbines do make noise, but they are
much quieter than most people would think. You can have a normal
conversation at the base of a turbine without the need to raise your voice
even if the turbine is running at maximum power.

man-and-wind-turbine

As the blades are rotating, one can hear a smooth swooshing  sound.
Nothing  really  disturbing . Sometimes when standing close to the
tower, the actions and movement of the gearbox and generator may
also be faintly audible.

It is also true that a turbine’s audibility increases with wind speed
but the wind’s background noise rises more quickly and masks the noise
from the wind turbines. Here a few reference points for comparison:

noise-levels

What is the visual impact?

 

Wind farms are always sensitively designed and
appropriately sited to ensure minimal visual impact on the surrounding
area. Consultation with the local community is a high priority
so everyone involved in a project becomes aware of highly valued areas.
Usually, photomontages are created to demonstrate what the wind
farm will look like from different locations. This is an essential process
which allows the community to assess the visual impact of
the wind farm before any construction takes place.

How will the value of my land be affected?


Various studies have been carried out throughout the world
and all have found that there has been no significant impact on
both the land containing a wind turbine, or on land with
views of the turbines.

turbine-land-value

There are usually local concerns that the noise and
visual impact of the turbines will reduce the value of
land. Experience shows that these concerns fade with time once
the wind farm is established and its impact has been
observed by locals. In some areas it has even been shown
to have a positive effect on land value.
Will the community benefit?


Working closely with communities is crucial
to impart an understanding of the need for wind
farms  as well as discussing  the potential effects that
the wind farm may have on the local environment.
Public communication plans should be set up so that all
issues relating to such a new development can be
addressed in a structured manner over the duration
of the project.

turbine-community

Additionally, community enhancement fund can be
created as an incentive which would provide an economic boost to the
local community. This can range from providing for a
new ambulance vehicle, refurbishing the local elderly home, or any
other community related project that is agreed upon
between the developer and the community.

How much land is required?

Turbines do not take up very much land as the tower has only got a diameter
of only approximately 4-5 meters at the base and can be easily positioned
to minimise any interference with ploughing or any other activities when
working the land.

Most machines with large blade length can be
accommodated on a stretch of a roughly 1km straight line. In
practice terrain wind directions play a major role in
determining preferred turbine locations and the positioning can differ to the usual straight line arrangement.

tractors

Access tracks to the turbines are usually made of gravel,
and need to be between 6 and 12 metres wide during construction. Electrical cabling between the turbines is almost
always underground and usually alongside the access tracks within the wind farm. In most cases, a single substation will be required. For a small wind farm this may be contained within a small building and for larger developments a plot of land of approximately one hectare will be required to contain the electrical plant. Electrical connection to an existing grid is normally done by a three phase power line mounted on poles.

turbine-base

Noise regulations usually have an effect and dictate the positioning of wind power turbines
relative to residences. Minimum spacing between turbines and nearby residences vary, but as a general guide,
distances from associated dwellings should be around 750m to 1,000m. A distance of 1,000m to 1,500m should be maintained from dwellings not associated with the development.

What agreements need to be made?


Payments can be arranged to landowners at every stage of the development.
Initial Licence agreements cover a minimum of a period of up to 5 years
for which fixed annual payments are made to the landowner. A Licence permits the developer to undertake activities on the land (such as wind monitoring and ecological surveys) .

A Lease agreement will be signed between the parties which sets out the responsibilities and
obligations of both parties over the life of a wind farm project .

turbine-rotor-on-crane

It is important to note that the landowners obligations will need to be transferable to any future purchaser of the land/property involved.
By the time the Lease agreement is ready to sign, preliminary wind farm layouts will have to be provided which will outline where and how
many turbines are being proposed. This is important as payment terms are offered on a per turbine basis to the landowner.

turbine-blade-lifted

 

What are the impacts during construction?

 

Construction times depends on the size of the wind farm project. There can be relatively high impacts during this time which will include frequent traffic movements, but compared to the later operation of the wind farm, there are very few vehicle movements thereafter.

turbine-rotor-on-crane
New fencing and gates may be required. Trenches and excavations are generally left open for only a few days and appropriate safety fencing is used during this period to prevent accidents if needed.

How is farming impacted after installation?

There is minimal impact on livestock. Any animal such as sheep, cows and horses are not disturbed by wind turbines at all and the animals typically graze right up to the base of the towers. They even often use the base as rubbing the posts or for shade.

cows-and-wind-turbines

Impacts on cropping are only caused by the access tracks,
substation and turbine towers. The quantity of land lost is
a very small percentage of the overall land. Minimal impact is achieved
by utilizing existing access tracks where possible.

farmer-windfarm

Extensive tree planting should be avoided as trees can slow the wind and cause
Turbulence. This will reduce the commercial returns generated by the wind farm. Shelters for
stock  and other environmental plantings can usually be accommodated with causing any problems.

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32 Responses to Farm Income – Land for Wind Farms – Additional Income For Landowners

  1. Dee Clemons January 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    My boyfriend Jack has ten acres in the ‘down east’ portion of Carteret County and we would like to discuss having wind turbines installed on a portion of this property. The land is between the Atlantic Ocean and North River, a windy area. Please let us know what we need to do.

    Thanks.

  2. Renee July 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Our company has a 51 acre tract in Booker Texas, located in the panhandle between Amarillo and Oklahoma. We currently have it for sale for 299,000.00. It has a huge shop and a 2000 sq ft office building on appx 1.5 acres and the rest is just field/pasture, no trees. Lots of wind! Would be interested in either a sale or lease if anyone is interested. Thanks.

  3. mainiacinmaine June 20, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    I have 400 acres on the Down East coast of Maine on a Christmas Tree Farm would like information on wind farming or any1 interested in using my property email me. This would be an ideal spot and the road to the farm is called Windy Alley because the ocean wind tears up through there. This would be the ideal place for a wind farm. If any1 is interested in putting a wind farm on the East Coast of Maine this is your spot.

  4. James Buchanan April 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I own twenty acres of land in Covert, Michigan. I am very interested in receiving more information.

  5. James April 1, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I own 5acres flat land surrounded by farm lands in Rosamond CA. and am interested in more details.

  6. Gabe February 14, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    I have 30 acres in Corpus Christi TX Would like more info. Thanks

  7. angel george October 16, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    i have 8 acers in wexford county mich. part is on a hill and gos down into like a vally

  8. danny schmidt August 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    have five acres in central ohio,very windy area.would like to sell.Has house also pole barn. Would you be interested putting in a wind farm?

  9. Matt R. August 2, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    My family has 640 acres located approx. 17 miles west of Red Bluff, California and are interested in discussing leasing for a wind farm. Please let me know who to contact in regards to this. Thanks.

  10. GARETH July 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Iv been offered some land to buy in N.Ireland, could you give me a check list so i could aprove it for a potential wind farm.

    Thanks

    Gareth

  11. Bob Kemper June 23, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    I have a section in west central Oklahoma..interested in leasing for wind farm. Please contact. Thanks!

  12. Nancy Isaacs May 16, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    I have 34 acres in Pine City, MN. I have been very interested in leasing itfor extra income. Please contact me with information.
    Thank you,
    Nancy Isaacs

  13. Osvaldo Ramirez April 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Location. Beryl, Utah
    I own 1.09 acres.

  14. Wes Coulter January 17, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    I have 3800 acres in West Columbia Tx (just south of Houston) I would like to start a wind farm. What company or who should I contact.

    Thank you
    Wes

  15. ian eddy January 17, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    I have land in Missouri that i’m interested in converting into a wind farm please email me any info.

    Thanks

    Ian

  16. Pamella Adams August 29, 2010 at 1:59 am #

    Hello again……I wrote the above comment about having the 480 acres of farmland that I was interested in turning into a windfarm. I failed to mention that the land was between Lubbock TX and Post TX.
    Sorry, about the oversight.
    Thank You
    Pamella Adams

  17. Pamella Adams August 29, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    I have around 480 acres and I am interested in turning this farmland into a Wind Farm. How do I go about getting this information to the right people?

    Thank you
    Pamella Adams

  18. renee shultz August 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    I have land in chapellhill tx. could wind turbines be installed there? if so how do i get it started.

  19. Scott & Kim Philipp June 27, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    60 Acres in Yucca, AZ. Interested in making this land into a wind farm.

  20. James L Moulton June 23, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    The land is located west of Laramie ,Wyoming About 200 acres would like consideration. Thank you

  21. James L Moulton June 23, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    May have about 200 acres of land possible for use.

  22. Maureen Woolford June 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    We have 80 acres just outside of Sacramento, Ca. It is a frequent wind area where we are located and also lots of sun. If interested please contact.

    Maureen Woolford (916)844-5661

  23. Colleen Barnett May 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    We have been approached by a company to develope a wind farm in our area. We own just over 100 acres and they would like to put 2 turbines on our property. We have been offered $4000 per mw plus $10 per acre per year with a few other small fees. This would generate about $17,000 to $18,000 per year. Is this amount reasonable? The $10 per acre sounds a bit low to us, but we aren’t sure what is usual for this type of company. We were told that these fees were not negotiable.

  24. David May 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    200 Acres in Linn County, IA. is this an area of interest for a Wind Farm. I would like more information if possible

  25. Cindy Kostukoff April 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Have 80 acres of rolling land in the thumb of Michigan. Is this a location you would be interested in? Thank you

  26. young February 20, 2010 at 2:49 am #

    i have 40 acres in east texas not being use for anything….i would like to get some turbines on my property.

  27. Roni West October 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    I own 57 acres in Warren County Iowa and I’m interested in additional farm income, possibly from wind turbines. Please send into to above address
    Thanks

  28. Dave Loohuizen August 18, 2009 at 12:50 am #

    Interested in any info you can provide

    Dave

  29. Roger from Solar Power Facts July 12, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    This is a beaut article. I didn’t realize the turbines were that quiet. But there’s no denying the visual impact they have.

    I think that since one can still have agriculture or animals running under the turbines, these are great to put in appropriately windy farm areas.

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