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The view from the top
A development opportunity?

I live among the biggest concentration of wind farms in Australia. I've visited all of them and admired the glorious views from the tops of the ridges on which the turbines have been built.

Turbine towers are routinely being built up to 160 meters tall. The view from the top of such a tower, on top of the already high ridge would be wonderful

It seems to me that there is a huge development opportunity here; maybe a science-centre based around renewable energy (the power of the future) on top of the ridge, a restaurant and an adjacent turbine tower with a viewing station on top instead of a turbine.

Other possibilities would be a convention centre and/or retreat. The science centre could include wind and solar power, pumped hydro and battery power storage, clean hydrogen production, ammonia from renewables, energy export. With the right innovative planning it could be an international attraction. The challenge, of course, is that the wind farms are not close to a major city and airport.

In the photos below I was concentrating mainly on the wind farms rather than the views from the wind farms (wind farms are something of an obsession to me). The wind farm photos were all taken with a drone using a very wide-angle lens so they don't show distant features at all well.

This page was written 2018/08/18
Contact: email daveclarkecb@yahoo.com (David K. Clarke) – ©
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Snowtown Wind Farm
Wind farm
120 km north of Adelaide, Mid-North South Australia

Snowtown Wind Farm stretches along about 30 km of the Barunga Range. The top of the range is about 300 m above the nearby plain.

The top of the range gives beautiful views over the salt lakes of the Condowie Plain to the east, toward the Copper Coast and Spencer Gulf to the west, and Saint Vincent's Gulf to the south.

A solar farm is planned for Snowtown; it would be easily visible from parts of the Barunga Range.




North Brown Hill Wind Farm
Wind farm
180 km north of Adelaide, Mid-North South Australia; ten kilometres from Jamestown.

Views of ranges and valleys; cropping and grazing land.


A view looking east from Brown Hill Range
Wind farm
This photo was taken with a conventional camera from the top of the range.


A view looking east from Brown Hill Range
Wind farm
This photo was taken with a conventional camera from the top of the range.





Waterloo Wind Farm
Wind farm
100 km north of Adelaide, Mid-North South Australia. Nine kilometres from the Barrier Highway.

Views of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Tothill Range in particular (on the left in this photo), and the valleys between the ranges.




Hornsdale Wind Farm
Wind farm
200 km north of Adelaide, Mid North South Australia

Views of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges and southern Flinders Ranges.




Wattle Point Wind Farm
Wind farm
90 km west of Adelaide, across Gulf Saint Vincent (about 200 km by road) Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Views of Investigator Strait with Kangaroo Island beyond (50 km to the south), Gulf Saint Vincent to the east with the highest section of the Mount Lofty Ranges beyond Adelaide.

Remember that these drown photos were taken with a very wide angle lens and do not show distant features at all well.




Clements Gap Wind Farm
Wind farm
160 km north of Adelaide, Mid-North South Australia

Close to the Augusta (Princes) Highway, views of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, southern Flinders Ranges and northern Spencer Gulf.

Clements Gap is the closest wind farm to my home in Crystal Brook, so I've got more photos of it than the other wind farms.


Clements Gap Wind Farm
Wind farm
Wind Farm, South Australia



Clements Gap Wind Farm
Wind farm
Wind Farm, South Australia



Clements Gap Wind Farm
Wind farm
Wind Farm, South Australia



Clements Gap Wind Farm
Wind farm
Wind Farm, South Australia



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