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Canadian Realestate Magazine | 18 Dec 2014, 08:46 AM Agree 0
A recent study by the University of Guelph, which found wind turbines do not have an impact on nearby property values, might have earned a big sigh of relief from investors – but the study's results have been strongly criticized by members of the real estate industry.
  • Daryl | 18 Dec 2014, 12:44 PM Agree 1
    According to MPACs own study report in 2013 properties within 5 km of an industrial wind turbine suffer an average value loss of 25%.
    Yet, despite their own data, they refuse to lower property assessments and taxes. Total corruption.

    There is a massive wall of denial in Ontario of the health and property values caused by skyscraper power plants being built too close to residents. There will be huge negative impacts for decades to come due to these bad policies. Only the oil companies like Suncor who own wind farms are benefiting from the wasted spending and higher taxes we all pay.

    See full details of the real impacts in the film Big Wind on TVO in 2015

    Who funded the U Guelph study? If it was government or corporations, they will always claim no impact.
  • Dufferin Resident | 20 Dec 2014, 09:30 AM Agree 1
    Wind energy continues to be bolstered by Ontario’s Green Energy Act legislation which leaves no channel to oppose or stop them. While we try to cope with unprecedented harm of Ontario’s natural environment, birds and bats, homes and health of rural residents, pets and livestock this industry led, government supported effort to deploy industrial scale wind has resulted in innocent families being driven from their homes due to emissions. Talk about loss of real estate value. They are losing everything.
    Add to that the recent construction liens to the tune of approx. 30 million dollars imposed on many of the Melancthon farms involved in their local wind project and one realizes that these reports that industry gloms onto have no validity in real life.
  • Bob | 20 Dec 2014, 09:54 AM Agree 0
    Those who deny the loss of property value should be required to provide a "Property Value Guarantee", because if their assertions are correct the guarantee won't cost them a dime. The fact that they will run away and hide from a such a requirement reveals the falseness of their assertions.
  • Sommer | 20 Dec 2014, 12:19 PM Agree 0
    Bob, I fully agree with your logic.

    Massive, simultaneous class action lawsuits are the next stage for victims. Fully document all financial impacts.
  • Bob | 20 Dec 2014, 12:54 PM Agree 0
    The principle of "Full Cost Accounting" is being actively promoted by various groups across Ontario struggling with the impacts of aggregate pits and quarries being established in close proximity to residences, aquifers, and other "sensitive land uses". There needs to be a coordinated effort to get municipal governments and provincial ministries to acknowledge that those entities which cause environmental and economic harm in order that they may profit must be responsible for all costs they impose. Anyone know a good lawyer motivated to take this on for contingency fees?
  • Tom | 20 Dec 2014, 10:20 PM Agree 0
    Personal Injury lawyers usually take a percentage of the award so you don't have to put money up front - try Lerners in London
  • Ron Graner | 30 Dec 2014, 10:11 PM Agree 0
    Complaints about wind farms usually disappear, when the community owns the farm, through participation in a community co-op, and shares in the revenue. When an outside entity receives all the revenue, complaints abound. Where there is proved measurable noise or flickering sunlight from a wind farm, then the affected property owner should be fairly compensated for the nuisance. Recording noise and sunrise-sunset PRIOR and AFTER the installation of a wind-farm would provide evidence needed should the property owner wish to make a claim. A professional sound-recording engineer will have all the required equipment to record sub-sonic vibrations required to prove your claim. Discloser: I am a voluntary Member of the Board of Queen Street Solar, one of a number of Ontario not-for-profit community co-ops building solar photo-voltaic (PV) farms on behalf of local communities, who then share in the profits. So far QSS has not built any wind farms. Like other co-ops we are interested in renting land or rooftops 50,000 sq. ft. or larger.
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