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The Thanet Offshore Wind facility located approximately 12 km off Foreness Point, Margate, and the most eastern part of Kent. The project has been operational since 2010 and consists of 100 Vestas V90 3MW wind turbines for a total installed capacity of 300MW.
These before and after photos by Hermann Dirr of windflut-elpe.de demonstrate the devastation of Germany's landscape due to wind energy. The photos that show the turbines are not simulations but actual photographs of current conditions. Those images without the turbines have been altered to have the turbines removed. The full slide presentation, can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. The creators of this content hope that those who see these images will understand the enormity of the impacts.
The Westermost Wind facility dominates the horizon of a North Sea beach. The project was placed in-service in 2015. It consists of 35 Siemens 6 megawatt turbines (210 MW) just 5 miles off the shoreline. The turbine blades are 246-feet long with a rotor diameter of 505 feet.
The 7 megawatt machine, located just 50 meters off the coast at Methil is a test system for Korean-based Samsung Heavy Industries to evaluate the technical capabilities of the machine. The turbine has a total height of height of 643 ft (196m),
The Middlemoor and Wandylaw projects as seen from Holy Island across the Pilgrims Way. Middlemoor consists of 18 turbines, each with a height of up to 125 metres (including the blades) and a maximum generating capacity of 54 megawatts. The project was placed into service during the summer of 2013. The separate Wandylaw project consists of 10 turbines, also each standing 125 meters in height, with a capacity of 20.5 megawatts.
The Lynn and Inner Dowsing projects consisting of 54 Seimens 3.6-107 turbines are sited 5.2 KM off Skegness and 5.2 KM off Ingoldmells. This image from Skegness Beach shows the visual impact.
Forest Commission Scotland, which is missioned with managing national forest land in Scotland, divided the public lands it manages into 5 'lots' to be prospected by specific wind energy developers. For example, ScottishPower Renewables was awarded Lot 1 and the right to develop schemes of less than 5MW in Lots 1-5. The remaining 4 lots are allocated to four other developers all of whom are currently working through an exclusivity period to identify suitable sites for wind development.
This wind energy facility is located in Nissenshörn Café, Struckum GERMANY
Turbines towering over a farming community.
A price worth paying? The Braes O'Doune windfarm towers over Stirling Castle. The 36 looming turbines dominate the skyline of the Braes O'Doune and have angered many local residents, who claim they have blighted one of Scotland's classic vistas.
Wind farm in Stirling, Scotland.
A shepherd and his flock of sheep walk on a pasture in front of power-generating wind turbines at a wind site near the village of Berge west of Berlin.
Areas in the UK disturbed by noise and eyesores.
East of Vienna near the Hungarian border
ISLANDERS in Shetland will have the chance for the first time this weekend to see how a 600MW windfarm would affect the isles' landscape. Ever since the massive project was first mooted almost three years ago, public debate has been slow to get started. Today (Saturday 9/2/06) managers behind the Viking Energy project will exhibit computer generated images at the Shetland Showcase Exhibition, in the Lerwick Clickimin Centre. A comprehensive consultation website at www.vikingenergy.co.uk, designed to interact with the public, is also to go live at the weekend. The project has already been branded as far too big for Shetland by one local environmental campaigner.
A Gale of protest is forming on the Dengie Marshes If you were in any doubt about the pros and cons of building ten wind turbines at Bradwell on Sea, perhaps the photograph below will help you decide. This is the impact just ten such turbines will have on the tranquillity of the area, there could be as many as thirty nine in the adjacent country side if construction is approved. The photograph, taken from St. Nicholas Church, Tillingham, depicts the view across the Bradwell marshes alongside St. Peter’s Way where the Wind Farm is to be sited. The turbines have been superimposed and are accurately portrayed in both scale and position. The machines will totally dominate the landscape for four or five miles around, will be visible up to twenty miles away and will seriously affect the ambience and spirituality of St. Peter’s on the Wall which is the oldest church of its type in the world. The scale and environmental impact of this industrial development in a rural and tranquil area will be enormous. The resulting electricity produced is minimal and expensive; the Carbon Dioxide emission savings are insignificant on a UK scale and too small to measure on a world scale. Maldon District Council advises that should you want to make representation about this proposal then quote Application No. FUL/MAL/06/00291 and write to The Chief Planning Officer, Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.