One of the things we have heard from a number of communities is that landowners who signed options and then those options turned into leases for industrial-scale wind turbines, is that they wish they had learned more about the whole issue before they signed.
A lawyer told our community group, If landowners had had a lawyer read over some of those contracts, the advice would have been NOT to sign.
The reasons are several: you virtually give away all rights to your own land for 20 years and at the end of that time there is a first right of refusal. In the United States for example, the leases are written in such a way that they are really 60-year leases, not 20.
But what happens quickly is the community reaction when a landowner decides to put money first and sign on the dotted line. Neighbours of the leased property…
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