No. While leasing land to wind developers is still the most common way for landowners to get involved with wind energy, more and more farmers, landowners, schools, municipal utilities, and rural communities are developing projects and owning the turbines themselves.
These projects keep significantly more of the economic benefits of wind development in the local community. However, developing and owning a project yourself involves quite a bit more time and research as well as financial risk. You have to balance risk and reward.
For more information about different models of community-owned wind energy projects, check out some case studies in our resource library. Also read our Introduction to Wind Development and Know Your Business Structure factsheets in our Wind Basics series to find out how your community can start a wind energy project.