Pictures filed under Impact on Landscape from West Virginia

Laurel Mountain Wind facility, looking north

Laurel_mountain_1_thumb This photo of the Laurel Mountain Wind Project located Northwest of Elkins, WV shows the view of the 61 turbine project looking north along 8-miles of the Laurel Mountain ridgeline between Barbour and Randolph counties. AES Corporation's project (total nameplate capacity of 125 megawatts) was approved in 2008 by the WV PSC under substantial protest by residents in the county.
29 Mar 2011

Laurel Mountain Wind facility, south view

Laurel_mountain_2_thumb This photo of the Laurel Mountain Wind Project located Northwest of Elkins, WV shows the view of the 61 turbine project looking south. The project is still under construction but the impact of clearing and road development is notable. AES Corporation's project (total nameplate capacity of 125 megawatts) was approved in 2008 by the WV PSC under substantial protest by residents in the county.
29 Mar 2011

Laurel Mountain Wind facility, substation and transmission

Laurel_mountain_7_thumb This photo of the Laurel Mountain Wind Project located Northwest of Elkins, WV shows the impact of the giant substation needed to service AES Corporation's project. The wind project consists of 61 wind turbines (total nameplate capacity of 125 megawatts) erected along 8-miles of the Laurel Mountain ridgeline between Barbour and Randolph counties. It was approved in 2008 by the WV PSC under substantial protest by residents in the county.
29 Mar 2011

Laurel Mountain Wind facility, looking toward Barbour County

Laurel_mountain_3_thumb This photo of the Laurel Mountain Wind Project located Northwest of Elkins, WV shows the view of the 61-turbines overlooking Barbour County. AES Corporation's project (total nameplate capacity of 125 megawatts) erected along 8-miles of the Laurel Mountain ridgeline between Barbour and Randolph counties was approved in 2008 by the WV PSC under substantial protest by residents in the county.
29 Mar 2011

Laurel Mountain Wind facility, looking toward Randolph County

Laurel_mountain_4_thumb This photo of the Laurel Mountain Wind Project located Northwest of Elkins, WV shows the view of the 61-turbines overlooking Randolph County. AES Corporation's project (total nameplate capacity of 125 megawatts) erected along 8-miles of the Laurel Mountain ridgeline between Barbour and Randolph counties was approved in 2008 by the WV PSC under substantial protest by residents in the county.
29 Mar 2011

Mountaineer (WV) After (1)

Mountaineer_after_thumb This is a post-construction photo in natural color covering the same area shown in Mountaineer (WV) Before. The yellow circles are in the same locations as above to allow accurate comparisons. It is somewhat difficult to pick out the actual wind turbines but their prominent shadows are easily discernable. They are black lines pointing roughly NE except the two in the SW corner, which point WNW in this composite photo. The 44 turbines of the Mountaineer project were manufactured by NEG Micon and imported from Denmark. They are 345 feet tall and each turbine can generate up to 1.5 MW when the wind is blowing optimally. However, because the winds blowing over Appalachian ridges are intermittent and only occasionally ‘optimal’, a realistic estimate of the annual average generating potential for a 1.5-MW turbine in this region would be less than 0.5 MW, a 30% capacity factor. Jon Boone's Comments regarding Mountaineer (WV) Before , Mountaineer (WV) After (1)(this image), and Mountaineer (WV) After (2). The first two images (i.e. Before and After 1) show the extensive forest-interior habitat that existed before the windplant was constructed and the resulting impacts following construction in late 2002. The third image (i.e. After 2) shows the southern half of the windplant (about 22 turbines) and identifies the boundaries of the study area for the pre- vs. post-construction analysis. It also shows that the study area I chose was fairly representative of the existing habitat conditions at this windplant and gives a better view of the magnitude of the development’s impacts on forest and especially forest-interior habitat. [Forest interior is the type of habitat that exists at more than 100 meters from a clearing. Forest interior is required for the survival of certain species and is the type of habitat most easily destroyed by any form of development.] On the portion of the site that I analyzed, the construction of this wind factory cleared over 42 acres of forest for the string of eight turbines (out of 44) that I analyzed. The extensive fragmentation of habitat resulting from the 50-ft-wide service road and the 5+ acres (average) that were bulldozed to erect each turbine caused the loss of over 150 acres of forest-interior conditions within this once-contiguous forest tract. My estimate is that a complete analysis of the entire project area, including 5.5 miles of ridgetop and 44 turbines, would find a total of nearly 200 acres of forest were cleared and over 750 acres of forest-interior habitat was lost following construction of the Mountaineer wind energy facility.
14 Jan 2005

Mountaineer (WV) After (2)

Mountaineer_after_(2)_thumb This is a wider view from the same photograph (Mountaineer (WV) After (1). The study area is shown by the rectanglular outline. Jon Boone's Comments regarding Mountaineer (WV) Before , Mountaineer (WV) After (1), and Mountaineer (WV) After (2)(this image). The first two images (i.e. Before and After 1) show the extensive forest-interior habitat that existed before the windplant was constructed and the resulting impacts following construction in late 2002. The third image (i.e. After 2) shows the southern half of the windplant (about 22 turbines) and identifies the boundaries of the study area for the pre- vs. post-construction analysis. It also shows that the study area I chose was fairly representative of the existing habitat conditions at this windplant and gives a better view of the magnitude of the development’s impacts on forest and especially forest-interior habitat. [Forest interior is the type of habitat that exists at more than 100 meters from a clearing. Forest interior is required for the survival of certain species and is the type of habitat most easily destroyed by any form of development.] On the portion of the site that I analyzed, the construction of this wind factory cleared over 42 acres of forest for the string of eight turbines (out of 44) that I analyzed. The extensive fragmentation of habitat resulting from the 50-ft-wide service road and the 5+ acres (average) that were bulldozed to erect each turbine caused the loss of over 150 acres of forest-interior conditions within this once-contiguous forest tract. My estimate is that a complete analysis of the entire project area, including 5.5 miles of ridgetop and 44 turbines, would find a total of nearly 200 acres of forest were cleared and over 750 acres of forest-interior habitat was lost following construction of the Mountaineer wind energy facility.
14 Jan 2005

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