Frequently Asked Questions
Landowners who are considering hosting wind turbines will have many questions. Here are some frequently asked questions.
What is NextEra Energy Resources looking for to build a wind project?
NextEra Energy Resources looks for a location with a good wind resource, landowners who are interested in hosting wind turbines and proximity to transmission lines.
If I have land and want you to assess its suitability for a wind project, how do I get you to come out to look at it?
We cannot guarantee that we will assess every parcel of land presented to us. However, you can contact us, and if interested, we’ll contact you.
How much land does a wind project require?
About 60 acres per turbine may be included in the easement, but that land will still be tillable. The area required for each turbine is far less than that included in the easement.
How much income can a wind turbine generate for a landowner?
Easement terms can vary widely, based on a number of factors. Commercial terms are negotiated between NextEra Energy Resources and the landowner.
What does a land easement cover?
The easement will generally cover payment terms, length of easement, other uses of the property, the location and type of access roads, other support facilities and the condition of the land after wind operations cease, as well as the landowner’s responsibilities and NextEra Energy Resources’ responsibilities
Am I liable for accidents or injuries on my land?
No. Landowners are not liable for actions occurring on their property as a result of the wind turbines. Our contracts with landowners hold them harmless from liability resulting from hosting wind turbines on their property.
Is construction planned around harvest / planting seasons?
No. However, landowners are compensated for loss of crops during construction. Determining when construction begins will depend more on when the easements and permitting are complete, as well as having the wind farm operational before peak wind seasons arrive, which will vary by region.
Is there construction traffic?
Yes. During construction there will be additional traffic. Although the construction period is only a matter of months, it will require heavy equipment, including bulldozers, graders, trenching machines, concrete trucks, flatbed trucks and large cranes.
Can I lease my land for other things after I lease to you?
Yes. Our option and our easement are only for a wind farm project. Landowners can enter into other leases that do not interfere with the wind flow to the turbine, the stability of its foundation or buried collection lines.
Can I still have hunting leases after I sign?
Yes. Landowners hosting turbines can still have hunting leases. A number of our wind projects are on hunting camp property.
How long will it take to complete construction?
It depends on the size of the project. However, six to nine months is a reasonable time frame to build most wind projects.
Who pays the taxes if I have wind turbines on my land?
NextEra Energy Resources pays the taxes on our generation equipment and infrastructure.