Wind Farms Don’t Affect Property Values

UL Sep 2013

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By Chris Carnevale 

A new report expelled by a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that breeze farms do not, in fact, impact a skill values of circuitously homes. This 2013 investigate builds on identical investigate conducted in 2009 and 2011 and several other studies that have focused on a subject.


To support their findings, a researchers deliberate scarcely each singular residential skill sale within 10 miles of a breeze plantation (or site of a destiny breeze farm) in a U.S. from 1996 to 2011 (and 2001—2012 in New York). To get a many accurate analysis, they used qualifier metrics to comparison a information to roughly 51,000 skill sales in 27 counties in 9 states, in vicinity to 67 opposite breeze facilities, sized anywhere from one to 150 turbines. In addition, they collected specific information on a characteristics of a homes (square footage, year built, parcel size, etc.) and information on a characteristics of a breeze comforts (number of turbines, intensity volume of appetite generated, etc.).

After compiling and examining reams of information sets, a researchers found that there is no statistically poignant disproportion in skill values between close-to-turbine properties (within 0.5 mile and one mile) and some-more apart properties (3—10 miles away) in any proviso of a project, possibly it’s a pre-announcement phase; a post-announcement, pre-construction phase; or a post-construction phase.

These commentary were compared to control groups of homes that sole before to a breeze facilities’ proclamation and that were located 3 to 10 miles divided from where a turbines were eventually located, homes 5 to 10 miles away, and homes sole some-more than dual years before a facilities’ announcements.

In short, these dual sentences from a news sum adult a findings:

Across all indication specifications, we find no statistical justification that home prices nearby breeze turbines were influenced […] There is no statistical justification that homes in possibly a PAPC [post-announcement, pre-construction] or PC [post-construction] durations that sole nearby turbines (i.e., within a mile or even a half mile) did so for reduction than identical homes that sole between 3 and 10 divided miles in a same period.


The extensiveness of a investigate in this news is important; had a investigate been usually a uncomplicated investigate that ignores marketplace factors such as distance and age of home, it might have lead to a end that breeze turbine vicinity decreases home value. Luckily, a investigate group that constructed this news seems to have dotted all their “i”s and crossed all their “t”s.

As with any convincing systematic research, there is a domain of blunder that is concurred and a researchers contend that if skill cost effects do exist, it is since “either a normal impacts are comparatively tiny (within a domain of blunder in a models) and/or occasionally (impacting usually a tiny subset of homes).” The margins of blunder in this study–which are required to keep a formula statistically significant–were within 5 percent for homes within one mile of a breeze site and within 9 percent for homes within a half mile.

I consider this news is of sold seductiveness here on a coast, where offshore breeze farms might face antithesis from beachfront home owners endangered with their high-dollar skill values. While a investigate does not investigate any offshore breeze farms, it seems reasonable to extend a commentary to be means to encourage coastal residents that skill value effects needn’t be one some-more barrier to building these job-creating, pollution-free appetite sources.

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