Chatham-Kent Projects

It is often said that one picture is worth a thousand words, and often that is true.  And words don’t do justice to the wind turbine build-out going on in the Chatham-Kent area in southern Ontario.  So I’ve gathered up the coordinates of the wind turbines for a number of projects and placed the turbines on Google Earth with kml files.  The picture below shows the spread south from the 401 to Lake Erie, and even the picture doesn’t do it justice.  There are 462 push pins on the picture, one per turbine, and many of them are not visible in this overall picture. Upon request I can send the kml files so you can import them into your Google Earth to get the entire effect as you zoom on in.  The picture below is clickable, thank goodness, but even that doesn’t really show everything.The yellow mass is roughly 100km long and 20 wide at its widest, and aside from the empty section SE of Chatham it is pretty much saturated with wind turbines.  Also, I know there are more turbines north of the 401 that I’m not showing, so if anyone out there can get me some of those turbine locations (or tell me where to look) I’ll add them to the picture.

One thing I discovered as a result of creating this picture is that there are 8 turbines within 300m of the 401 itself, with the closest just 155m away – almost as close as the turbine is tall.  I wonder how much insurance they carry.

UPDATE, March 21, 2012. There’s now a follow-up to this posting.

15 thoughts on “Chatham-Kent Projects”

  1. wa wa wa – the wind turbines are ercted and here to stay. Get over it and enjoy the clean energy you bunch of spoiled brats!

  2. Thank you so much for producing these maps, it really helps me to show people who aren’t directly affected why we need to put the brakes on this wind fiasco. They literally gasp…

  3. The pins are sized by Google Earth and don’t change with the zoom. So they are not to any particular scale.

  4. Massive scale problem with this. The pins representing wind turbines are vastly oversized. It is gross hyperbole.

    The area is approximately 2 billion square meters (2,000,000,000).

    The tower of a wind turbine is approximately 20 square meters at the base. This is 0.000001% of the area of the map. A scale version of this would be invisible.

    To give benefit of the doubt where it is likely not due, let’s use blade span, and be even more generous and assume not only double the blade length (not true because of three-blades) and a full globe of coverage (not true because blades operate in one plane).

    A big blade will be 90 meters, so doubling will give 180 meters. At that scale, the pin would be 0.000009% of the map’s surface area. In other words, it would be invisible too.

    This is so inflated its hilarious. Grasping at straws. This doesn’t even get into the problem of projected versus actually built wind farms.

    Bluntly, the size of turbines is so small that if every one were built in this area, none would be visible from the majority of places you could stand.

    The admin of this particular anti-wind advocacy site is at best guilty of a lack of understanding of scale.

  5. It never even crossed my mind that anyone would ever think that Google Earth’s standard push pins had anything to do with scale. I suspect you (and Gaz?) were the only ones. Surely you can come up with something better than that.

  6. Essex and Kent counties were once beautiful, open rural lands, now they’ve become industrial ‘fallouts’ where property values have plummeted and the ‘extra energy’ created is sold for dirt (at a loss) on the US grid. Oh, and about the hundreds of jobs this ‘clean’ energy industry was supposed to create—I’d like to see one gutsy newspaper reporter take a picture of the many Detroit/Michigan Hydro trucks being used to install these GD things now in Essex County. If you want to see the present and future wind projects proposed for this province and have a say about them check out the Environmental Registry and have your eyes opened to what’s in store. This is what these companies have done to our landscape, just wait to see what they have in store for offshore areas. One local offshore project by Southpoint Wind has 5 wind turbines proposed on top of our community water intake system (& 5 upwind from the intake) and has the gall to guarantee no harm to the water supply or water quality during any stage of the project. Thank heavens there’s a moratorium on offshore projects–for now–because where you see land sites, you’ll soon see as many offshore connections to the grid. Hell, it’s only the water 40 million Canadians and US citizens drink, right? This kind of ‘green’ stands for ‘greed’ and the lowly ‘joe’ (and his kid’s kids) will be footing the bill.

  7. Jane, of all things that we have done to our Great Lakes, how could offshore wind rank high up on the lists of travesties?? Nothing is perfect, but wind and off-shore wind have better trade offs then the traditional power sources of nuclear and coal. Btw, I hope you don’t motor-boat on the great lakes, they leave alot of pollution and oil in the water from there water cooled exhaust.

  8. Good work in compiling the locations. I spoke with a woman (S.B.) at the Municipality looking for just such a map. She told me that, although I could make an appointment to see it, I could not copy or photograph it. I was also referred to a person who works out of infrastructure, (Mr. A. G.) as a part time contractor. Haven’t spoken with him yet. Going to be asking Karen, Frank and Art when the matter of approvals is coming up for a vote. Also, before any such council meeting, I’ll be requesting a public dissemination of all information about WT proposals, particularly within the Rondeau watershed and “Greater Rondeau IBA”. People need to know exactly what our councillors are voting on so that concerns can be expressed before any vote. As well, Dr. Scott Petrie might wish to make another presentation, based on locations. In the mean time, may I request the kml file so that I may overlay the IBA and Rondeau Watershed boundaries? Thank you.

  9. I just came back to look at this and saw your comment, admin. The reason that I came and looked is that anti-wind advocates are tweeting this image broadly and stating exactly the problem I’m addressing. Their lack of sense of scale means that they really believe that they won’t be able to see the ground.

    This is a case where I think you are working in good faith, but the material you’ve produced is being vastly abused by people less informed than you.

    I certainly don’t have a problem with your analysis, although I believe we don’t see eye-to-eye on wind turbines as a problem.

  10. First Chatham kent has the manufacturing heart ripped out of it and now these poaching wind companies are devastating the landscape.People who think that these turbine are going to completly rid use of coal fired reliable energy sustaining plants are sadly wrong.These turbines and the high cost fit program that comes with it are going to cause an already huge debt for ontario residents and their next 2 or 3 generations that will be hard to pay back.Mr Mcguinty is systematically dismantling ontario one piece at a time it is a shame.Rural Ontario is being sold out. Wind turbine generated jobs where!!!! not here in Chathamkent where they should be to help our local economy.

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