A 2012 SKM study on the economic benefits of wind farms in Australia found that, for every 50 MW in capacity, a wind farm delivered the following benefits:
- Direct employment of up to 48 construction workers, with each worker spending approximately $25,000 in the local area in shops, restaurants, hotels and other services – a total of up to $1.2 million
- Direct employment of around five staff – a total annual input of $125,000 spent in the local economy
- Indirect employment during the construction phase of approximately 160 people locally, 504 state jobs and 795 nationwide jobs
- Up to $250,000 per year for farmers in land rental income and $36,000 on community projects each year. Full report here.