Wind energy has proven to bring an economic boost throughout the U.S., while providing clean energy, writes Paul Dvorak, editor of Windpower Engineering and Development. From the design, transportation, construction of maintenance of wind turbines, to the lease payments made to landowners, it's an industry that can't be ignored, he writes. "Rural school districts get regular tax payments and farmers with turbines on their land collect up to $10,000 each year per turbine. This means farmers can stay on land that may have been in his family for years," Dvorak writes.

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