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  •  Welshman has a post below with some numbers (none)
    Looks like 50-100 acres per windmill

    It could be worse. msaroff could still be living in Texas.

    by George on Sun Jul 10, 2005 at 07:09:22 PM PDT

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    •  Defining land requirements (none)
      is a 'it depends" ...

      As I understand restrictions, Welshman is right when it comes to issues like housing / offices / structures and many other land uses.  There are real restrictions ...  

      On the other hand, there are minimal reasons why agriculture -- especially agriculture that does not require constant presence of workers -- cannot continue in/around/under windmill blades.  The "lost" land is related to the base structure, potentially to electrical cables, and potentially to access routes (maintenance and such).  Well done, the "loss" per windmill should run in the range of .5 acres.

      As well, from a different angle, the UK market has house-mounted windmills (which I'm trying to check out for purchase here).  And, of course, there are smaller windmills that one can put in if you're in the right location and have enough land for set-back from neighbors / house.

      •  Yes exactly (none)
        Wind opponents make it sound like we need to dedicate prime real estate 100% to the turbines. Adding turbines to existing farmland provides supplemental income to the farmer while letting the farm production continue.

        It could be worse. msaroff could still be living in Texas.

        by George on Sun Jul 10, 2005 at 07:29:00 PM PDT

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