2.4.9 Wind Turbine Generator Example 1

Location of Example: 149°12'27" East, 33°37'17" South
Distinctive Characteristics:
  • Wind Power Generation Facilities or Wind Farms produce electricity from the use of one or multiple wind turbine generators.
  • The distinctive wind turbine generators are generally tall solid column structures with rotating blades which produces energy from the wind.
  • Wind turbines will be separated by a horizontal distance (varying from 100m to more than 2km) to allow for uninteruppted wind flow. Maintenance tracks appear between generators.
  • Land used for wind turbines will generally be dual purpose allowing for sheep, cattle or crop production.
  • Shadows of the turbines can sometimes be a clearer identifier of the turbines than the turbines themselves dependant on the angle of the imagery being viewed.
Regional Considerations:
  • Wind Power Generation Facilities are usually found where strong winds are prevalent.
  • Coastal land, ridges and large open agricultural or pastoral land are the most likely locations for wind farms.
  • They normally are not near large populated centres due to noise concerns.
Figure: Representation of a Wind Farm Power Generation Facility.

Figure: Orthophotography 50cm RGB=123 Figure: SPOT Pseudo-natural 2.5m RGB=123 Figure: Oblique Photography Wind Farm

Topic contact: mapfeedback@ga.gov.au Last updated: January 20, 2012