Pictures filed under Impact on Landscape from Maine

Destruction of a mountain: Bingham Wind site work

Bingham_wind-road_thumb These images demonstrate the size and scale of land preparation required to construct turbine projects using machines standing nearly 500-feet in height. First Wind is constructing its 57-turbine wind facility in Somerset County, Maine. The project, at 185 MW, will be the largest in Maine and in New England. The turbines will have a tower height of 94 Meters and rotor diameter for the three blades of 112 or 113 meters placing the total height with the blade fully extended at 150 meters (492 feet) or more. SunEdison will be using 47 Vestas’ V112-3.3 MW turbine for the project together with components previously ordered from Vestas. Reporting on the actual number and capacity of the turbines has varied due to First Wind changing turbine models but it appears that ten of the turbines will be Vestas V112-3.0 MW.
31 Aug 2015

Rollins Wind turbine pad construction

Rollinswind1_thumb First Wind has begun construction of the 60 megawatt Rollins Wind facility consisting of forty 1.5 megawatt turbines. This turbine site is blasted about 20 feet down into bedrock. Additional aerial images can be viewed here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Blueyes1119/RollinsDestructionNov2?feat=email#
2 Nov 2010

Vinelhaven turbine towers over home

Dsc_2070_thumb The Fox Island Wind Farm is located in Vinalhaven, Maine, an island community about 12 miles off the coastline. The wind facility, consisting of 3 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines, was commissioned on November 17, 2009. Resident living near the turbines experienced problems with noise from the turbines as soon as they were turned on. This photo was taken near a home impacted by turbine noise.
13 Apr 2010

Vinalhaven turbine near home

Dsc_2069_thumb The Fox Island Wind Farm is located in Vinalhaven, Maine, an island community about 12 miles off the coastline. The wind facility, consisting of 3 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines, was commissioned on November 17, 2009. Resident living near the turbines experienced problems with noise from the turbines as soon as they were turned on. This photo was taken near a home impacted by turbine noise.
13 Apr 2010

Kibby Mountain wind transmission

Kibbywindtransmission_thumb This photo shows the enormity of the transmission lines erected to transport energy from the Kibby Mountain wind facility in Northern Maine. The poles are approximately 100-feet tall, well above the 35-foot tall distribution lines in the foreground. These lines, which run for miles, are very visible contribution to the industrialization of the area. The rights of way are typically 80-100 feet in width creating extensive habitat fragmentation beyond the turbine site.
1 May 2009

Kibby Mountain access roads

Img_0836_thumb Transcanada is constructing a 44-turbine, 132-megawatt wind facility in the State of Maine. The site spans 22 kilometers along the ridge line on Kibby Mountain and Kibby Range, just south of the Quebec border. These photos demonstrate the degree of terrain alteration just to support the access roads through the project site.
2 Nov 2008

Kibby Mountain access road with switchbacks

Kibbyswitchbacks_thumb Transcanada is constructing a 44-turbine, 132-megawatt wind facility in the State of Maine. The site spans 22 kilometers along the ridge line on Kibby Mountain and Kibby Range, just south of the Quebec border. This photo demonstrates the degree of terrain alteration just to support the access roads through the project site. Sharp switchbacks built into the road indicate the steepness of the terrain.
2 Nov 2008

Kibby Mountain erosion 1

Kibbymaineerosion1_thumb The Maine Land Use Regulatory Commission approved Transcanada's 44-turbine facility. Construction was initiated in 2008. Half-mile spur off has some ditching maintenance needs along the landing yard. The spur road is creating some sedimentation and coloring of runoff water in this area. Upslope skidder access roads are not being used and are waiting for the erosion control crew to restore the skidder roads back to a finalized stable state.
27 Oct 2008

Mars Hill- Map of Turbine Locations

Mars_hill_devastation-photo___map_(2)_thumb Dan Boone created this image using the digital USGS 7.5-minute topographic map mosaic for Aroostook County, ME (from NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway) and incorporated the turbine and met tower locations according to lat-long coordinates provided in FAA's 7460-1 database for this facility - e.g., https://www.oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaaEXT/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=454417 . Note that the 28 1.5-MW wind turbines are under construction during the last months of 2006 by Evergreen Wind Power, LLC; according to FAA they are slated to be 389 feet in overall height (from ground level to highest point of rotor). As indicated, the photo of Mars Hill Turbine #9 is available via this link: http://www.windaction.org/pictures/5919 ; which provides a south-looking view of the north end of Mars Hill.
27 Nov 2006

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