Wind farm development brings numerous economic benefits to the counties and local communities where they are located. Among the perks are direct payments to landowners who host turbines, and employment opportunities in the area during the construction and operation of a project.
In some cases, operators may also provide payments to neighbors who are near development but do not host turbines, and some wind farms are developed by associations that distribute payments to members. In addition, projects provide new tax revenue streams to rural communities, which help pay for local schools, roads, and police and fire services.
This fact sheet provides a breakdown of taxes that are typically paid by developers and operators of wind energy projects.