The Community Wind Toolbox provides practical information to farmers and landowners who wish to develop commercial wind projects, including a chapter on key elements of electricity processing contracts and interconnection agreements. The main content of this toolkit comes from the Community Wind Handbook developed by Windustry on behalf of the Rural Minnesota Energy Board and published in 2006 by a partnership of the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute, the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the Minnesota Project, Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council. IV. Term. A wind energy contract typically provides for an initial period of three to ten years to give the proponent time to examine the feasibility of converting wind energy to the field. Developers who use options and agree with their due diligence and approval during the option period may omit this aspect in their more permanent agreement and go directly into the construction of the project facilities if they make use of the option and enter into the wind field contract. During this initial period or option, the developer collects wind data from the anemometer or weather towers (“Met”) installed in the field; It conducts geotechnical, ecological and other studies in the field; and assesses the condition of the property. Assuming that wind and other studies show that the property is suitable for development and that the balance of other land needed for the long-planned project is also under the control of the developer, the developer obtains the necessary space permits and builds the wind project on the ground. The same is true when the objective is to maintain wind tension for unrestricted wind traffic and/or to retain the right to control or have a say in the future, and there is currently no wind land contract that pollutes the land. In any event, these rights should be defined in a clear and detailed way in the support instrument and in compliance with applicable legislation.

Even with clarity, such agreements can make a property less attractive to a developer because of the complexity and additional uncertainties they entail. A vague language in these promotional instruments or in languages that do not meet the legal requirements does not benefit anyone and can cause confusion for landowners, wind developers and third parties who wish to deal with the property in one way or another. In any case, it is probably a very good practice for a landowner who is considering such an approach to collaborate with his developer before concluding such an agreement, to better ensure that there will be more fluid navigation once it is in place.