On my WFR site I created Google Earth maps with pushpins showing where there are (or will be) wind turbines. To take that one step further I have now created a 3-D model of a wind turbine that reflects how it will actually look. Below are some screen shots of sample viewpoints.
For those who can run Google Earth you are in for a treat (in an obscene sort of way). I’m in the process of creating KMZ files for each project which can be opened by GE and allow you to fly around the projects and see what they will actually look like from different vantage points. To see which KMZ files are available, go to my reference materials page, scroll down to the kmz’s and download at your pleasure. Initially I’ve got Amherst Island, Ostrander Point and White Pines, and I’ll be adding more as time permits. If you have a project that you want displayed quicker than my random rate, please let me know.
To use the KMZ files, here’s a general step-by-step:
- Download the kmz file(s) from my reference materials.
- If you want you may be able to open the file directly from GE.
- Remember where you saved them!
- Open up Google Earth.
- Wait until the opening globe stabilizes.
- Upper left corner, “file” – “open”.
- Navigate to where you saved the kmz file.
- Open the file(s) you want. Magic then occurs.
I’ve found it easiest to zoom into about 3000 feet then tilting, using the upper circle in the upper right corner. It does take some practice learning to fly around, but after a few minutes it starts to become easier. Have fun! If you can…
These are screen shots of what it looks like. Click to enlarge.