Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments
This topic is included here under Community Power because the alternative to signing a lease with a traditional corporate developer of a wind or solar power plant is building and owning the project yourself or with your neighbors. The royalties paid landowners for leasing their land in a conventional project is a taboo subject in North America where secrecy prevails in such transactions. The more landowners know about how much a project will earn and what they will receive in payment gives them more power in negotiating the terms of a lease than otherwise. It’s in the interest of the corporate developer to keep landowners in the dark as much as possible. Thus, the reason for secrecy and why the articles below are controversial.
Tim Weis, Alex Doukas, and Kristi Anderson
This guide is for landowners in Alberta who are considering wind energy projects on their land. Whether you are interested in erecting and owning your own wind turbine, leasing land to a commercial wind developer, or developing wind energy on your land through other ownership models, this guide will help to explain what you can expect from the wind energy development process. . .
There are a several sources of information for landowners on the typical terms and conditions for leasing land for wind …
Felicity Barringer, Nyt
A quiet land rush is under way among the buttes of southeastern Wyoming, and it is changing the local rancher culture. The whipping winds cursed by descendants of the original homesteaders now have real value for out-of-state developers who dream of wind farms or of selling the rights to bigger companies. . .
This book serves as a guide to the many legal issues faced by farmers and rural landowners who seek to develop wind energy projects. . .
Nancy Lange and William Grant
The Guide discusses how landowners can evaluate their wind resources, how they can evaluate the economics of wind power under a variety of development scenarios, and the contractual issues a landowner should consider when approached by a wind developer. . .