Abstract or Description
Wind energy has become a rapidly growing source of renewable electricity; world generating capacity is growing at 20-30% per year (IEA, 2008). Wind offers a fantastic opportunity for clean energy generation in Maine, and will support local community economies. However, the turbines that produce this clean energy typically stand over 250 feet tall and can be seen on their mountaintop perches for miles. Many consider them to be visually intrusive and fight to stop wind farm projects in their planning stages (Curtis, 2011). Maine has numerous wind farms already in operation, with many more in the planning and proposal stages (NRCM, 2012b). Private wind energy company Iberdrola Renewables, LLC has proposed to construct a 60-80MW wind farm on Fletcher Mountain in the Lexington Township and Somerset County area (NRCM, 2012a). Another company, Eolian Renewable Energy, LLC, has proposed a 10-18MW wind farm on Mt. Waldo in Frankfort, Maine (Waldo Community Wind, 2012). We set out to answer, how much land would be visually impacted by the construction of these two proposed wind farms?
Recommended CitationStephens, Michael and Cummings, Colin "Viewshed Analysis of Proposed Wind Farms in Maine," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2012: No. 2, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2012/iss2/1