‘Mega projects’ – a future vision for onshore wind?

Charley Rattan

Clients and industry colleagues are responding to my recent post about using offshore- scale turbines, onshore; https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/going-full-circle-onshore-winds-turn-learn-from-offshore-rattan/  They want to know whether these ‘mega projects’ are realistic – and how to set about delivering them.

It may seem impossible but there are ways of addressing the real challenges to be faced including landscape and visual concerns, lighting requirements and constraints and of the realities of transporting such massive structures to site.

It is worth considering landscape and visuals from the outset through researching local guidance and harmonising your findings with effective use of industry standard desktop visualisation tools. The next step is to hold preliminary, ideally informal, discussions with key stakeholders; be ready to answer likely concerns: Will the machines dominate the community? Is the area designated, if so for what?

Consider aviation lighting issues early and refer to the most recent guidance. Follow this up with discussions with candidate turbine manufacturers; the more agile of whom may already be working on timely solutions.

How to access sites along small winding roads is worth thinking about early. Sometimes innovative solutions emerge and it may be the case that large strategically-located sites – which these larger machine sites invariably are – provide sufficient incentive for the developer to tackle the problem.

With an experienced view, some creative thinking and knowledge of innovation, issues such as these can and are being tackled – turbines with tip heights of up to 240 metres are already starting to appear in planning applications in the UK.

If your project pipeline is encountering such issues and you want more detailed advice, then let me know charley@charleyrattan.com