How do I lease my land to a wind project developer?

Wind developers buy the turbines from the manufacturers, lease the land to place the turbines, construct and operate the development, and sell the electricity to a utility or distribution company. As a landowner, your business role will be to negotiate a contract for the lease of your land to a wind developer.

To prepare for this, you need to understand your product (your land) and market it to your customer (the wind developer).

Wind developers are looking at more than just a strong wind resource, though. They are also looking at the availability of transmission lines, the amount of open space, and a host of other factors.

In reality, if a developer is interested in your land to host a project, they will contact you. Wind developers assume that landowners have not performed any preparatory analysis of their land. They choose sites based upon their own analysis methods. When they have located suitable sites, they contact the landowner to negotiate a lease. Sometimes before deciding on the land they will ask the landowner if they can perform their own analysis of the site, including installing an anemometer (wind measuring instrument).

If you think you have a sufficient understanding of your land and your wind resource, you can invite conversations with developers. Wind developers range from large, multi-national wind turbine manufacturers to small regional businesses.

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  • Mike Cox
    commented 2016-06-22 20:30:13 -0500
    We have approximately 50 acres in North Central Texas. Our land joins a large base station. Three phase power is also near the property. Have neighbors that might be interested too.
  • Roy Remar
    commented 2016-06-11 09:09:01 -0500
    I have prime 40 acres in each state of (Central area) Wyoming, Northern Nevada(near Battle Mountain area) and Utah (next to the Great Salt Flats area)where the wind never stops. Is there any wind/solar company interested. My neighbor had a few contacts already so thee must be and interest at these sites and the sites are next to his.
  • Diane Holt
    commented 2016-06-06 11:42:51 -0500
    I have 240 acres land in lund nevada. i dont want to live there because i tried two small wind generators and its so windy they broke and blew away! but I don’t know how far the large power lines are that you are referring to. Apparently this is along one of the windiest zones in existence.
  • Kevin Oconnor
    commented 2016-05-30 14:43:41 -0500
    I have 31 archers in the Catskill New York on a very high location I would like to lease for wind or solar power. Email e121182@aol.com.
  • Dennis Surendar
    followed this page 2016-05-25 11:41:04 -0500
  • Mark Fraelich
    commented 2016-05-17 03:24:36 -0500
    I have 240 acres in Estancia New Mexico and I am interested in leasing the land for either wind or solar power.
  • Joyce Kray
    commented 2016-05-10 12:30:11 -0500
    I have 43 !/2 acres in Liberty KY, lots of wind I live on a mountain, anyone interested in leasing my ground for wind farming?
  • Joyce Kray
    followed this page 2016-05-10 12:29:57 -0500
  • Nader Salameh
    commented 2016-05-09 23:36:25 -0500
    I have 10 acres in Mojave CA, and my cousin has 20 acres in the same area and we are interested in leasing the land for solar/wind power
  • sampath kumar A
    commented 2016-05-04 09:57:58 -0500
    i have 8 acres in karnataka india.am intrested lease giving to windnpower
  • Joe Sampley
    commented 2016-04-27 19:06:37 -0500
    I have 8 acres in Stevenson, Al. I am interested in leasing for wind power.
  • jean buse
    commented 2016-04-27 14:53:47 -0500
    I have land in gulf shores Alabama I am interested in wind power lease
  • Zachariah Harris
    commented 2016-04-24 14:13:51 -0500
    320 Acres in Susanville, CA near transmission lines. VERY interested in wind/solar power lease.
  • Laurie Davidson
    commented 2016-04-14 13:31:40 -0500
    We have 32 acres in Ottawa County Kansas. Like to find out about wind turbines on our property.
    Laurie Davidson
  • S H
    commented 2016-04-06 20:36:07 -0500
    are there any wind turbines up in MT Vernon Missouri? I have 19 acres there
  • Eric carter
    commented 2016-03-20 19:59:25 -0500
    I have 100 acres in Seymour, TX . I am interested in learning more about wind turbines.
  • Sid Mojabi
    commented 2016-02-15 16:47:33 -0600
    Hello Kristine Watson,
    Would you kindly contact me regarding your 80 acres land?
    Regards,
    Sid Mojabi, Principal | iCap Global Energy, Inc. (iCGE)
    Getting Energy & Infrastructure Projects Off the Ground!
    Office: 408.261.2968 | Cell: 408.859.6067 | eFax: 516.977.7809
  • Rhonda Treaster
    commented 2015-09-18 18:37:56 -0500
    I have 5 acres in South Louisiana. Who do I contact?
  • Kristine Watson
    commented 2015-08-02 10:18:52 -0500
    I have 80 acres on a hillside in Newberry Springs, CA that I would like to sell or lease, is there a wind generating company out there that is interested?
  • Kristine Watson
    followed this page 2015-08-02 10:15:55 -0500
  • Jacqueline Lucas-buck
    commented 2015-04-14 10:11:16 -0500
    I would like to contact a wind developer. We are located Southland Arkansas.
  • micheal green
    commented 2015-04-02 13:47:10 -0500
    I’m trying to find a way to have the big wind turbines lease on my property or to have someone to survey the property to see if it qualifies. It is located in perrin texas.