Mapping the power of wind

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Courtesy of emapsite

Online mapping solutions are playing a growing role in the search for wind farm locations, says Justin Saunders of eMapSite. MORE than a dozen renewable energy applications have been approved by the Scottish Government since May 2007 in what Energy Minister Jim Mather has called a “renewables surge”. This autumn’s opening of the Dalswinton and Minsca wind farms in Dumfries and Galloway is the latest stage of the strategy but the biggest development is still to come – a 152-turbine farm at Clyde in south Lanarkshire. An initiative of the Scottish and Southern Energy company Airtricity, the farm will generate up to 548 megawatts and be capable of powering 320,000 homes. Construction work is expected to begin in the next six months with commissioning in 2010.

As with other industrial-scale developments, the design stages were supported by aerial photography and highly-detailed digital mapping including terrain data and 3D visualisation.

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