Pictures filed under Impact on Landscape
The Shiloh Wind Power Plant located in the Montezuma Hills of Solano County, California, USA, very near Bird's Landing. The site, located 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, has a nameplate capacity of 505 megawatts (MW). It was constructed in 4 stages (Shiloh I, II, III and IV) between 2005 and 2012.
This image of Iberdrola's Groton Wind project in Groton NH shows a 60-70 foot ledge cut into the ridgeline. The project consists of 24 Gamesa 2.0 MW towers (48 MW total). The facility is scheduled to go online before December 31, 2012 in order to receive at least $30 million in federal cash grant money.
This image of Iberdrola's Groton Wind project in Groton NH shows significant grading to the treeline in order to accomodate a single turbine pad. The 48 MW facility (24 Gamesa 2-MW turbines) is scheduled to go online before December 31, 2012 in order to receive millions in federal cash grant money.
Construction of the Lowell Mountain wind project in Vermont includes severe ledge cuts into the mountain side like this one that's over 30-feet high.
The Kruger Energy Port Alma (KEPA) is a 101.2-megawatt wind facility located on the north shore of Lake Erie, in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent (Ontario). The project consists of 44 Siemens 2.3 MW MK II Wind Turbines. The KEPA Wind Farm began operating in the fall 2008.
Photographer Phillip Colla captured significant information including scale and scope of the Ocotillo wind project.
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.
Photo is of the Harvest Wind energy facility: 32 Vesta V82 (1.65 megawatt) wind turbines standing 387-feet tall each. The 52.8 megawatts facility went online at the end of 2007.
Harvest Wind energy facility: 32 Vesta V82 (1.65 megawatt) wind turbines standing 387-feet tall each. The 52.8 megawatts facility went online at the end of 2007.
Rollins wind energy facility in the Lincoln Lakes region of Maine. The 60 megawatt project consists uses forty General Electric 1.5-MW turbines
Seven Vestas V-100 wind turbines located in Minden City, Michigan can be seen in this photo. The turbines stand 494' to tip of rotor and have a 330' rotor diameter.
This aerial view shows a single turbine site at the Lowell Wind project under construction in Lowell, Vermont. The construction has drawn significant opposition.
This composite image shows the relative size of the older turbines at the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area and those replacing them. The smaller turbines are the Windmatic 65 kilowatt machines that stand 84 feet tall on four-leg lattice towers. The blade length is 7 meters. The larger towers are Mitsubishi 1 megawatt turbines installed in the Buena vista section of Altamont with blade lengths of 31 meters.
Eighty-six industrial scale wind turbines now sited on Wolfe Island in Ontario have permanently altered the landscape of this quaint island community.
This picture was taken from the top of Lowell Mountain in Vermont, 20 miles away and northeast of the turbines in the view. First Wind erected the sixteen 2.5 megawatt Clipper wind turbines. Each stands over 420 feet tall.
This home in DeKalb County Illinois is surrounded by wind turbines. There are thirteen towers within a mile. The closest two are 1,400 feet away. The image provides a sense of the tower size even at distances greater than one-half mile.
Special thanks to Graham Hancock for permitting us to share his artwork. Mr. Hancock's words below accompanied his haunting artwork: "This is an original painting, 16x11 in, oil on canvas board. It reflects the artist's feelings about windmills. Needless to say I'm not a fan. The painting represents the evolution of wind power in a dystopian future. Don't worry windmills are harmless, aren't they? Windmills are an expensive, inefficient and unreliable source of large scale energy. They are a malignant tumor on the landscape that destroys the natural beauty of the land. Living amongst them is like living in a machine. I agree there is something elegant about a single windmill. But smothering the countryside with their visual pollution is a crime. It is our obligation to protect the beauty of our natural heritage against this scourge." For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artists-Against-Wind-Farms/149266621785474
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.
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.