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Published on December 4th, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan


Wind Turbines Don't Hurt Property Values

December 4th, 2009 by  

A new comprehensive study — The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States: A Multi-Site Hedonic Analysis — conclusively shows that property values are not harmed by wind turbines and wind power facilities.

The study, conducted by Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory shows that neither views of wind facilities nor proximity to wind facilities have any significant effect on property values.

The study examined “7,500 sales of single-family homes situated within 10 miles of 24 existing wind facilities in nine different U.S. states.”


As the report states, neither views of nor distance to wind facilities “have any consistent, measurable, and statistically significant effect on home sales prices.”

Results from this study “are expected to be transferable to other areas,” according to the report.

Even research of proximity to roads, conventional power plants and high-power transmission lines can show a relationship (negative) to property values, according to report co-author Mark Thayer. But not wind facilities.

So, concerns that these gigantic wind facilities are harming their neighbors financially seems to be a myth that can now be laid to rest.

via Business Green

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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