Wind Lease Contracts for Landowners

August 15, 2008 at 7:00 am 2 comments

In Van Wert County, Ohio we have several Wind Energy Companies shopping landowners for acres. I have seen lease and payment arrangement terms for two of these wind energy companies. I won’t give you specific details of each lease, but I’ll share some commonalities. Frankly, the leases and terms are similar for the most part. OK, here we go:

Phase I – Research

  • lasts 3-5 years
  • meteorlogical (referred to as ‘met’) tower(s) erected
  • payment can be as much as $2000 per year per landowner

Phase II – Construction and Operation

  • lasts 30 years with option to extend the contract for an additional 20 years
  • density of turbines and number of landowners involved varies per project
  • payments to an individual landowner are based primarily on number of turbines and/or electricity generated (note: other factors come in to determining payment, but to a lesser extent)
  • 80 acres with one turbine can provide $5,000+ per year to a landowner (this may or may not depend on power generation); assume 1.8-2 MW turbine
  • lease may or may not include payment adjustment based on Consumer Price Index; lease payments based on MW generation will likely not have CPI adjustment

Phase III – Renewal or Decommission

  • after 30-50 years the project will be renewed
  • if the project becomes obsolete, the project will be decommissioned


Wind energy development is definitely a hot issue in my locality. It is important to point out that the companies working in my area are interested in developing utility-scale wind farms, not wind farms for individual use. The projects are in the 100-300 MW range, which translates roughly into 100-200 wind turbines.

Speaking with the the companies that are interested in my area, the availability of utility grade transmission lines is a big asset. Van Wert County has a 345kV transmission line bisecting the county east to west. Now the question becomes, do we have the wind necessary to make wind farms feasible?


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  • 2. R. A. Ray  |  June 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    The Bowling Green Windmill Farm has reported that wind in Ohio is stronger than expected. One writing said that on average they are producing about 33% rated capacity. I had guessitmated 20-25%. I would say yes we have the wind.

    The Next 2 questions: 1. how much of the wind generated power do the Electric Companies have to purchase? 2. AT what price per KWH?

    AT 30% average and at 10 cents per KWH, one 2MW turbine would GROSS $526,960/year if the Electric Companies are required to purchase all the turbines output.

    A lease price of $5,000 per year without any increases for inflation is really a windfall for the foreign companies!

    I saw 2 blades parked on west bound roadside rest on 6/27/10. Many communities want a piece of the windmill pie.


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