Judgment against a wind farm in France – compensation for reduction in the value of real estate

On March 12, the Rennes Court of Appeal delivered a remarkable ruling which could have serious consequences for the wind industry in France. It forced the company Fp Lux Wind, operator of wind farms, to compensate thirteen residents for the reduction in the value of their properties. The compensation that Fp Lux Wind was obliged to pay totaled 633,400 euros. The incident highlights growing conflicts between renewable energy projects and local communities. The latter live directly next to these systems (bvoltaire: 03/27/24).

Controversy over wind farms: residents complain about depreciation and health risks

In 2002, plans were launched to build three industrial wind turbines that could reach an impressive height of 118 meters. This ambitious initiative received the green light from the building permit in November 2005. The completion of this project, including the construction of wind turbines and two technical installations, took place during 2015.

Operator must pay more than 600,000 euros in damages – French court grants wind farm residents 40% reduction in property value – Court ruling shocks energy industry

Shortly after the work began, residents expressed their concerns. They turned to the Quimper court. Their objective was to interrupt the work. The court found itself incompetent to stop construction activities. She nevertheless accepted the residents’ objections. These affected the immediate proximity of the wind turbines. They also cited adverse effects on their health and property values.

40% reduction in the value due to wind turbines: a court decision shocks the energy industry

The subsequent court-ordered valuation led to the conclusion that the nearest residents’ properties had suffered a 40% reduction in value compared to the local market price. This result highlights the various disturbances to which local residents were exposed. In addition to recurring noise, depending on wind direction, harmful health effects and electromagnetic interference from internet connections and mobile phones have also been identified as significant nuisances. As a direct consequence of this judgment, Fp Lux Wind must pay the thirteen residents concerned a total of 633,400 euros in compensation. This case sheds critical light on the claims of ADEME and the wind industry, which had previously denied the negative impact of wind turbines on surrounding residential areas. The decision could thus pave the way for a new era of accountability and more prudent management of the implementation of wind projects.

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