How will wind turbines affect my farm? How much space will they take up?

Wind energy and farming are very compatible. Very little land is actually taken out of production -- just enough space for the footprint of the tower and access roads (that is, about ┬Ż an acre per turbine). However, multiple towers need to be spaced some distance apart to ensure that they all have good access to the wind. Landowners should stay involved with the siting of the turbines in order to minimize disruptions to normal farming operations. For example, access roads can often be routed along fence lines or to avoid isolating small pieces of land. Before signing a contract with a developer, you should get a sense of how they will work with you on minimizing impacts on your farm.

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  • commented 2016-10-20 07:39:20 -0500
    I understand that before signing any reliable contract with a developer, I should ask how they will work with me on minimizing impacts on my farm, right? I have a cattle farm, so I need to know exactly what to expect.
    Ray – professional farmer, collaborative speaker on http://evaluationessay.org/topics.html health and farming questions