A Farmer’s Real Experience with Mainstream Renewable Power

I’m a farmer, township trustee and participating landowner in the Shady Oaks Wind Farm where I have four turbines on my land within a half mile of my home. When I signed up, corn was a third of today’s price, and there are other things I wish I would’ve known before signing.

First, the company’s business strategy is to name and sell the idea of a wind development to another company for construction once it’s approved. After securing acreage for Shady Oaks, they sold the project to a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer and partner of theirs. The original company disappeared after the project changed hands, and the number of turbines grew from 30 to 72.

Now nine months after construction, the township is still waiting for $800,000 to fix the roads. Second, they destroy crops and roads with no regard to landowners. They used nonparticipating farm fields as driveways, tile was crushed, and no one would listen to our complaints. There’s still damage to roads that trucks weren’t supposed to use but did anyway. Read the whole testimony at: http://fairwindenergy.org/testimony.html

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