Farmers and ranchers benefit from more than $20 million in land lease payments each year.
Kansas has the 2nd greatest wind potential in the nation (behind Texas). This is just the beginning of what’s to come.
Thanks to our homegrown energy industry, these payments allow Kansas families to continue their farming and ranching businesses today and for generations to come by providing security through diversification and stability to invest in their land now and in the future.
PROVIDES A NEW REVENUE SOURCE WITH THE SAME LAND
Wind farms are spaced over a large geographic area, but their actual “footprint” covers a small portion of the land (less than 5%), meaning they have little impact on agricultural uses. This means that wind turbines can be installed without interfering with people, livestock, or production. In many parts of our state, farmers and ranchers have been able to stay on their land thanks to a new crop, the wind energy they harvest above their land.
REVITALIZES RURAL ECONOMICS IN KANSAS
Developing local sources of energy means our energy dollars are invested back into the local economy. Landowners benefit directly from lease payments and local workers benefit from job opportunities that are often difficult to find in rural America.
After agriculture, traditional power generation is the nation’s second-largest use of water. Wind and solar power is an infinite fuel that generates electricity without using water. For example, producing the same amount of electricity can take about 600 times more water with nuclear power than wind, and about 500 times more water with coal than wind.