Against the Wind
“People need to have an appreciation for the value of homes,” said Dodie Stark, an agent for Coldwell Banker Anchor Real Estate, in Oceana County. “For many, real estate is their biggest investment and a means to a secure retirement. Views are very important, especially in a resort area, and a group of 400-foot-tall wind turbines 500 feet from homes or cottages could have a devastating effect on property values.”
January 17, 2006
by Carolyn Kelly
Verald Greiner, a third-generation farmer in Crystalia Township, thinks he’s found a new cash crop: Wind.
Greiner, who remembers when his farm got electricity in 1938, is one of about 30 farmers in rural Oceana County who have leased parts of their land to Mackinaw Power Company for a proposed wind farm. The Michigan firm wants to build 21 wind turbines, each stretching 390 feet skywards from Weare Township’s rolling hills, by far the largest wind farm in the state.
Farmers like Greiner would receive $3,000 to $7,000 annually for each each turbine built on their land. The... [continue via Web link]