We’re still getting plenty of queries about leasing land for industrial wind turbines. We found a very good document from North Dakota with advice for landowners here:
and note the advice to seek legal help before signing.
While they do a good job of oultining the liability issues, what they DON’T tell you is that your “involuntary neighbours” can be very upset—the liability under “nuisance” is understated–you could have your entire community suing you if the noise and vibration from the industrial wind turbines affects them. This is especially true, as in North Gower-Richmond, where turbines are being placed within meters of homes. (Experts have said that Ontario’s 550-meter setback is not based on science but rather on geography and a desire to squeeze as many turbines into space as possible.)
Anyone looking at the dollar signs and considering leasing for turbines owes it to themselves, their families, and their community to look carefully at this issue. Twenty years is a long time to wish something had never happened.