Controversy has surrounded the giant white wind turbines nearly since the first turbine farms cropped up across rural Ontario. Wind turbines are commonplace in much of Europe and are expanding in Western Canada and Ontario, but not without push back from some residents who list several health issues as fall out from these green-energy generators.
Whether or not the turbines cause health issues is not the focus of Richard Vyn’s research but damage of a different kind — to land value — is. Vyn, with the University of Guelph-Ridgetown, is looking at whether or not the presence or proximity of wind turbines decreases the value of land or the saleability of a given piece of land. It’s not an easy question to answer, as Vyn explains in the video filmed at the recent Exploring Rural Land Use conference, as perception or what someone answers on a poll is not always what plays out in the real-world of farm land value sales and prices.
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