Welcome to windturbinepropertyloss.org

On this site you will be able to easily access worldwide information about property loss, income stream losses, homes abandoned, and related economic losses due to proximity to industrial wind turbines. It is clear that the phenomenon of property loss is widespread, real, and verified by many experts.  The tragedy is compounded by lives shattered by the loss of their principal home/residence/farm/land, often a complete loss, as a sale is not even possible.

This site is obviously a sampling of materials available.  Sadly, there will be ever more articles and information as legal battles around property rights and values escalate.  Please forward to us anything you feel will add to our survey of materials. Thank you for visiting.

 

“The loss-of-value clause was passed by parliament in 2008 at the urging of Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and gave neighbours to wind turbines the opportunity to seek financial compensation for lost property value. Fifty-three percent of applicants have received compensation, but those that have had money awarded say the amount did not come close to reflecting the actual value.”
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Several notable appraisers are forthcoming with their assessments of land value losses:

 

They all agree that:

Economic impacts are common sense

 

IRELAND

“What we have seen is the misery and suffering they have caused local families who not only have to endure the noise and shadow flicker the wind turbines produce, but now face the realisation that their family homes are worth up to 80 per cent less than their market value,” said Yvonne Cronin, spokeswoman for Communities for Responsible Engagement with Wind Energy (Crewe) which was founded last June.  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/1016/1224325298346.html

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Wind farms DO hit house prices: Government agency finally admits that thousands can be wiped off value of homes

Wind farms can wipe tens of thousands of pounds off the value of homes, a government agency has admitted for the first time.

The Valuation Office Agency has been forced to re-band homes into lower council tax categories, confirming what most residents who live near the giant turbines already know: they are detrimental to property prices.

The move will make it harder for the wind farm industry to dismiss public concerns over the impact of their turbines. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2177429/Wind-farms-DO-hit-house-prices-Government-agency-finally-admits-thousands-wiped-value-homes.html#ixzz29ffTJiJO

NOVA SCOTIA

The d’Entermont family home sits in the midst of a 17-turbine wind farm. Soon after the turbines began operating, the parents saw a noticeable shift in their six children’s behavior. They started becoming more irritable, hearing ringing in the ears, lost concentration and developed high blood pressure. They had to move 30 miles away to resolve the health issues and no one will buy their home.

ONTARIO

This year, more families in Ontario, Canada had to move due to adverse health effects from nearby wind turbines. One of the displaced landowners said he started suffering from very high blood pressure, sore feet and irritability once the wind farm was online. Once he leaves the area, he quickly recovers. The wind company is paying for one of them to stay in a hotel while tests are being done on their property. (Editor’s note: there are now more than 40 families in Ontario alone who have moved, abandoned properties, or been bought out by developers. Over 140 people have reported ill health. There are abnormal clusters of cancers, and heart attacks, strokes, near turbine factories.)

VIRGINIA

In the 2007 Burch v. Nedpower Mount Storm, LLC decision, a West Virginia court found that wind farms can constitute a nuisance to nearby landowners. Even though the state’s Public Service Commission approved the facility, the court ruled that such approval does not overrule the common law of nuisance. Accepted causes of nuisance included noise, eyesore, flicker and strobe effect of light reflecting from blades, potential danger from broken blades, ice throws, and reduced property values.

NANTUCKET SOUND MASS

  A 2004 realtor study around Nantucket Sound found that 49% of realtors expect property values to fall in proximity to a wind farm.

Two studies conducted in Nantucket, Massachusetts found that a 130-turbine offshore wind farm would drive enough visitors away to see a loss of up to 2,500 tourism-related jobs. They also found that inland property values would decline 4.6% while the waterfront properties suffer nearly 11% diminution for a total loss of $8 million in yearly tax revenue.

RURAL LAND IN TEXAS

Studies have shown that fear of wind farms can negatively affect purchase prices. In his February 2009 study, “Impact of Wind Turbines on Market Value of Texas Rural Land, ”Appraiser Derry Gardner studied 350 acres of premium ranch land that were put on the market for $2.1 million. A prospective buyer agreed to the sale price but backed out when the seller disclosed a 27-turbine wind farm within a 1½ mile radius from the property. The seller discounted the land by 25%, but the buyer still declined to purchase. As of the study’s publication, after two years on the market there has been little interest in the property despite its other positive characteristics.

Independent studies have shown an average diminution of value up to -37% when the turbine is on the property; up to -26% average diminution for properties within 1,056 – 2,112 feet of a turbine; and up to -25% average diminution for properties within 1.8 miles of turbines. Properties can also suffer an additional 15-25% diminution in value due to infrastructure construction (clearing, blasting, digging, etc.), high voltage transmission power lines (HVTL) to transport generated electricity, substations, additional traffic for servicing turbines and HVTLs, and additional roads.

 

Some homes have been reported as “not salable” because of their proximity to wind turbines. http://www.scribd.com/doc/23858548/Ago-Wind-Turbine-Property-Value-Impact-Study

 

In this Slide Show, Dr Malcolm Swinbanks describes how infrasound/low frequency noise propagates, and wonders if you wish to “TRY” to be a human natural experiment living near a turbine, and see for yourself.
 
An excellent overview and introduction to why setbacks in the USA have evolved from 1000 feet to 1640 feet, and more.

View the slideshow here…

 

The tragedies continue to mount. Displaced families, lost income from properties, loss of income producing livestock, damage to hydrology and land impaction, loss of enjoyment, ill health, irreplaceable lost futures. The question remains: who will pay for all of this suffering?

 

NAPAW AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS have documented these stories, and we welcome additional material to add to this site. Needless to say, there are many instances of legal actions which we will follow, and document for easy distribution to those in need of current and past information. Of course, nothing has more potency in this property loss tragedy than the words of actual home and business owners, farmers, ordinary folks in the line of fire, with little recourse except the courts. We will also include some of these stories. Feel free to contact us and add your own history of property loss to this site which will assist others in their search for social justice.

 

Thank you for visiting.

 

LINKS

Ill Wind

National Wind Watch

Toronto Wind Action

NA-PAW

Ontario Wind Resistance

Great Lakes Wind Truth

E-PAW

Regardless of what the wind industry asserts, the serious concerns for property values come from people who think they might be able to hear or feel the turbines enough so they cannot escape the noise and vibration even when they are just trying to enjoy their property, and especially when they are trying to go to sleep.  For a home affected by this sort of problem the reduction in value might be very large indeed, certainly into double digits and in the worst cases approaching 100%.  This is what home owners really fear.
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