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#6779835 - 05/31/17 12:54 PM Wind turbines on ranches
BUsouthpaw22 Offline
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I've been approached to put 2-4 wind turbines on my 355 acre ranch in Eastland county. If you are a landowner and currently have turbines on your property, I'd appreciate your input on if you feel it's worth it or not (impact on the land, resale value, etc). My ranch is used exclusively for recreation (hunting, fishing, etc). The upside is it would essentially pay my monthly note for me.

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#6779851 - 05/31/17 01:03 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
DUKFVR Offline
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Registered: 11/02/09
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It would definitely turn me off from buying your land if you sold. I wouldn't want them on my land.

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#6779877 - 05/31/17 01:22 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
Heavy T Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
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We hunt in Comanche Co.
A few years ago there were none and the next season they were everywhere. Our land owner didn't want them on his place. If you don't your neighbor will and you will have to look at them and hear the wind noise for free. Never noticed any real issues.

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#6779912 - 05/31/17 01:44 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: Heavy T]
rexmitchell Offline
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Originally Posted By: Heavy T
We hunt in Comanche Co.
A few years ago there were none and the next season they were everywhere. Our land owner didn't want them on his place. If you don't your neighbor will and you will have to look at them and hear the wind noise for free. Never noticed any real issues.


Reminds me of a discussion about an antenna, and if you didn't like the companies offer you might get to look at the antenna on your neighbors property and not get anything for it.

If it pays the bills for the ranch I'd seriously consider it.
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#6780058 - 05/31/17 03:36 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
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They clear a lot of land to place each one.
By the time their done placing 2-4 wind turbines on your land you may not have much cover for the wildlife confused2
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#6780072 - 05/31/17 03:50 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
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I came off of a 7000 acre ranch near Sweetwater that had 27 turbines. On the plus side, you get great roads and a good income stream. Also the deer will pay absolutely no attention to them after an adjustment period. We had several in a 300 acre wheat field and if we drove up while deer were in the field, the deer would trot over behind one of the turbines and peek around it at us. On the negative side, they really detract from the aesthetics of the land. They're noisy as heck. They break down constantly, meaning you'll have a steady stream of repair people going to them. And in the winter when it's sleeting or freezing rain you have to watch out for large sheets of ice being thrown off of the blades like rocks from a catapult. I watched one sheet that probably weighed 10 pounds fly a couple of hundred feet through the air before it landed. Also be sure to check your contract with the wind company to make sure there isn't a "no hunting within X yards of a turbine" clause. We didn't have one but I have heard that different companies have different policies about hunting nearby.
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#6780096 - 05/31/17 04:10 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
TexasKC Offline
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It's either your place or the neighbors. Either way you'll have to look at them. Might as well make money on them.

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#6780224 - 05/31/17 06:57 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: Pope&Young]
rexmitchell Offline
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Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
They clear a lot of land to place each one.
By the time their done placing 2-4 wind turbines on your land you may not have much cover for the wildlife confused2


How much do they clear, a couple acres for each?
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#6780227 - 05/31/17 07:02 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
fishon1017 Offline
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As everyone said the game don't care. You will have to look at them as your neighbor will most likely do it. I've heard that you can get 8K to 10K per year per turbine in South Dakota. Not Bad. Does the income go to the next land owner if you decide to sell? If so you could charge big premium to next land owner. Not a bad thing that has landed on your doorstep.

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#6780261 - 05/31/17 07:25 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: fishon1017]
BUsouthpaw22 Offline
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Originally Posted By: fishon1017
As everyone said the game don't care. You will have to look at them as your neighbor will most likely do it. I've heard that you can get 8K to 10K per year per turbine in South Dakota. Not Bad. Does the income go to the next land owner if you decide to sell? If so you could charge big premium to next land owner. Not a bad thing that has landed on your doorstep.


I'm being told about $12k/year per turbine. Yes, the wind rights would transfer.


Edited by TTT Ranch (05/31/17 07:26 PM)

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#6780273 - 05/31/17 07:33 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: TexasKC]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
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Loc: Smith County
Originally Posted By: TexasKC
It's either your place or the neighbors. Either way you'll have to look at them. Might as well make money on them.


I have to agree with this.

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#6780283 - 05/31/17 07:38 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
fishon1017 Offline
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You know what I would do. You have the information to do what's best for you. Good post.

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#6780292 - 05/31/17 07:45 PM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: BUsouthpaw22]
nate33 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/16
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if the rent pays for the land, then the land is free to you --------------- I"ll take free land all day long.

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#6780632 - 06/01/17 07:35 AM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
They clear a lot of land to place each one.
By the time their done placing 2-4 wind turbines on your land you may not have much cover for the wildlife confused2


How much do they clear, a couple acres for each?


This is a wind turbine around Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma!

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#6780671 - 06/01/17 08:16 AM Re: Wind turbines on ranches [Re: Pope&Young]
rexmitchell Offline
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Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
They clear a lot of land to place each one.
By the time their done placing 2-4 wind turbines on your land you may not have much cover for the wildlife confused2


How much do they clear, a couple acres for each?


This is a wind turbine around Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma!



So it looks like they cleared maybe 5 acres there? That isn't too terrible for 12k a year. I'll take that all day long.
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