Property Values

New Study Confirms Wind Energy Does Not Reduce Property Values


This study is one of nine major and statistically reliable studies covering roughly 270,000 property transactions by different respected and independent organizations in three different countries spread over fifteen years that have found no correlation between operating wind turbines and negative property values.

As the development of utility-scale wind energy projects has spread, concerned communities have asked how these projects might affect their property values. Researchers have been working hard to answer this question scientifically by studying hard data.

In 2013, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) completed the most comprehensive study yet on property transactions near wind farms. The study authors concluded:

This is the third of three major studies we have conducted on this topic and in all studies we find no statistical evidence that operating wind turbines have had any measurable impact on home sales prices. 

The study data shows that even homes within half a mile of a wind turbine are not affected by its presence. 

In fact, according to rural appraisers, farm acreage with turbines often increases in value due to the stream of steady, long-term income the property generates by the harvesting of the wind.

About the Study

Researchers analyzed 51,276 home sales near 67 wind farms in 27 counties across 9 U.S. states.

  • All homes were within 10 miles of wind facilities
  • 1,198 sales were within 1 mile of a turbine
  • 331 sales were within 1/2 mile of a turbine
  • Data was collected before, during, and after wind farm construction

Source: A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States

See also: Relationship between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts