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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.


I have to agree with this.

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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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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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Originally Posted by rexmitchell
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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


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


This is a wind turbine around Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma!



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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


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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Originally Posted By: DUKFVR
It would definitely turn me off from buying your land if you sold. I wouldn't want them on my land.


Agreed. I just passed on buying a great place because it had a cell antenna on it. Real eye sore. And, even worse, the current owner had taken a "cash buy out" so the antenna lease was no longer paying each month. Agent said he'd be lucky to get 50% of market value for the place because of it.

If you will keep your place forever, may not matter to you. If resale is important, I'd darn sure run the numbers on monthly income vs impact to Future Value of your property.


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You will hear them and feel the rotor wash, vibration from quite a distance. If they fail while turning they can throw a blade a mile or more, we know a ranch that found one , a blade, on his ranch from a turbine a mile away off of his property.

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We have one, they only clear 1-2 acres. Our neighbor got 6, other got 3, other got 5. One of them is 30 feet from the fence-they should have put it in our place and given us 2, we got hosed on that deal and two transmission lines.

If you don't get them, your neighbor will and you'll get all the problems without the payout. You pretty much have to do it.

Deer don't mind them one bit and unless you live on the property it's not a big deal. Even then I bet you get used to it in a hurry.




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Originally Posted By: DUKFVR
It would definitely turn me off from buying your land if you sold. I wouldn't want them on my land.

We bought hunting land in north. Brown County at the first of the year,the man showing us the land said he could show us other places that were for sale that was more acreage an cheaper but the neighbors had wind turbines an the value had dropped almost 25%

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Originally Posted By: TTT Ranch
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.


Sounds about right on spacing. New ones are being spaced 1 turbine per quarter section.
Biggest thing is make sure you have reclaimation bond set up.

I just did a big analysis on my ranch turbine vs solar panels. Solar pulled out after trump got elected so wind won, lol. We went turbine

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I can't stand the sight of them. I might let them on my place if it was inevitable I was going to have to put up with them anyway. But I would be selling and finding me another place after they went up. They better pay a bunch because they have to wreck the heck out of your land value. Especially for smaller rec tracts.

Glad my place will never have them.


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Wonder what would happen to these turbines if the subsidies were to ever go away?

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