Wind farms can create revenue for nearby municipalities.
Farmers with wind turbine land leases have an additional source of revenue to hedge against difficult crop years like the one in 2012.
Counties, cities, or townships hosting wind farms receive tax revenue or land leases, adding to funds for schools, roads, police, fire departments, or just lowering the tax burden for citizens. Potential compensation models with the wind farm developers, taxes from the wind farm, and increased tax base from increased construction jobs from the initial set up phase are all sources of revenue for local municipalities hosting the wind farms.
Wind farms have a consistent history of providing revenue, in the form of tax or other compensation, for the property owners or municipalities where the farms are located. Farmers and acerage owners who choose to put windmills on their property receive thousands of dollars per year from the power company.