Ohio Wind Farms Have Grown Large in Just 3 Years
There are multiple wind farms located throughout the entire state of Ohio. Our state has recently become the fastest growing wind harvest site in the United States. One of the largest of these is the single location in Van Wert and Paulding Counties often referred to as the Northwest Ohio Wind Farm. This single farm, called the Blue Creek Wind Farm, has built and operates 152 turbines. The amount of electricity produced from each of these huge tri-propellered wonders is enough to operate 4700 homes per year. If you have never been through Van Wert to see this immense farm it is something that I think everyone should experience.
Northwest Ohio Wind Farms - Wave of the Future or Future Problem
This article also highlighted the affect of these farms on residential property values, which is none. Bill Straley has owned and operated Straley Real Estate and Auctions in Van Wert for 37 years. "I can't speak for or against the wind farms," he said. "Mathematically and statistically, we could not really show that the wind farms were helping or hurting property values." In the article, Ohio Wind Farms Praised by Some, Criticized by Others, by Vivian Sade, The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN, Oct. 16, 2013, the argument about wind farm monies and local governments rages on. Because these farms are unique in how they grow and how they operate, local governments may have handled tax abatements, construction agreements, and public health concerns incorrectly. These are all arguments that future farms might not have to have since the bugs are being worked out in Van Wert.
Bill's assessment aligns with those of a study funded by the National Association of Realtors in 2008 which showed that the presence of wind turbines had no affect on residential property values. A minority of people find that the low noise levels that the turbines make is troublesome to them. Others find that the "flash" of sunlight off of the turbines is annoying. These people do make up a portion of the eligible home buyers, but, like those who don't like carpeting, they will not find a home that pleases them near a wind farm. Also, since there are only a few concentrations of turbines in Ohio, there are plenty of other places to live.
There Are Worse Neighbors Than Wind Turbines
Some neighbors actually do create problems with property values. "Much more of a negative factor in real estate transactions are nearby properties of smelly industrial pig or cattle farms," Straley said.
As you are driving around Van Wert checking out the Blue Creek Wind Farm, roll down the windows and learn about the area's worse neighbors. If you are looking to buy a home in the Van Wert area and have concerns about which of the neighboring properties participate in wind, pigs, or other regional industry, make sure to work with a reputable Realtor. I like Bill who was mentioned in this article, but you should do your homework and discover the difference between a guy who was quoted in the paper and a professional full time real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. I can help with that.