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2007/08/06 Under construction
2007/12/12 Dawn, construction
Brendan Ryan, construction
From 50km away
2008/08/25 Operational
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Brown Hill Range Wind Farm, also called Hallett #1

Photography by Dave Clarke unless otherwise noted

The Brown Hill Range Wind Farm is one of a group of farms proposed for construction in the northern settled areas of South Australia.

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Hallett #1 wind turbine
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This turbine was built several months before the other 44 of the Brown Hill Range Wind Farm.

This view is from the Bundaleer forest.

2007/03/25

(Brown Hill Range Wind Farm has been called Hallett Wind Farm.)

Contact, email daveclarkecb@yahoo.com



2007/08/06 Under construction

Windmill and wind turbine Old and new wind power machines

The pre-existing high capacity power line is one of the reasons Hallett Wind Farm is located where it is.

Turbine #1 on the right, the two lower sections of the tower of another turbine is near the centre of the photo.



Tower and moon The first-quarter moon, anemometer tower, and lower section of a turbine tower.


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Hallett power station Hallett power station is a gas-fired peaking station located on the intersection of the Moomba-Adelaide gas pipeline and a high capacity power line from Port Augusta power station.

This view is from Brown Hill ridge on which the Hallett #1 wind turbines are being built.



Lifting first section Lifting the first of four sections of one of the 45 towers to be built. The red crane has a capacity of 300 tonnes, and the white, 100t.


Lifting gear

Lifting gear




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Cranes

Cranes

Lifting the first section of a tower


Cranes

Cranes

Lifting the first section of a tower



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Aligning bolts

Aligning bolts

Guiding the bottom tower section over the four tall guide bolts.

Once on the four guide bolts the tower base will align with all the many other bolts (well over a hundred of them).


Dead tree

Weather-beaten

I'm told that this tree, on the Brown Hill ridge, is the most photographed tree in the vicinity. I can believe it. (There are very few others.)

Looking west toward Bundaleer


Waiting

Waiting for the lift

Workmen wait on top of the first tower section while the second section is lifted.



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Two sections The 300 tonne crane lifting the second section.


Waiting

Going up



Going over

Coming over




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2007/12/12 Dawn, construction

Sunrise

First sunlight on a summer morning

Twelve turbines were completed at this time.

This image is a combination of three photos using HDR processing.



Sunrise The sun gets a little higher



Sunrise over Booborowie Valley The Brownhill Range, on which are the turbines, overlooks the Booborowie Plain.


Construction road The construction road leading toward some of the completed turbines


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Trees and turbine

Remnant trees

There are few trees on Brown Hill Range; I've tried to use these to make the picture more interesting.



Turbines and blades

'Sand dunes'

Looking over some turbine blades stored in a yard on the plain toward some of the completed turbines on the range

This is one of my favourite photos



Construction One of the big cranes used for lifting the upper half of the towers and turbines

I was told the really big crane was off on another job!


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Stumps

Stumps

Stumps of turbines to be completed march off into the distance.

The very weathered old log in the foreground and the trees in the near gully and the distance show how sparce the remnant native vegetation is near Brown Hill Range.



Brendan Ryan's construction photos

Tower lift

Tower lift

The lower two sections of the towers were lifted by smaller cranes. The biggest cranes in Australia were needed to lift the upper sections into place.

Photo by Brendan Ryan



Rotor lift

Rotor lift

The last of the big lifts for this turbine, the rotor is raised into place. This step, in particular, requires relatively calm weather.

Photo by Brendan Ryan


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From 50km away

From 50km away
Detail

From a distance



Brown Hill turbines from 50km south (my place, Elysium, near Armagh in the Clare Valley).

2008/02/04

The image on the left is a detail from the one above.


Air 
navigation lights
Air 
navigation lights

Air navigation lights

The air navigation lights on the wind farm were conspicuous from Elysium, 50km away, where these photos were taken. The lights were turned off around the end of 2009.


2008/08/25 Operational

Silhouette

Sunrise

The newly risen sun is hidden behind the turbine tower


Early clouds

Sun on clouds

The sun is shining on the clouds, but not yet on the ridge and turbines. The 1/8th second shutter speed blurred the blades and gave some impression of the movement.


Catching 
the sunlight

Catching the sunlight

I had to wait while the sun rose above the cloud bank in the east to catch the early morning light on the turbines.


From the south end

Looking north

The view from the far south end of the wind farm, looking north



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From the south end

Looking north

Using a long telephoto lens (250mm, 400 in 35mm equivalent)


Looking east

The land to the east

Looking east from the top of Brown Hill Range in late winter


Looking east

The land to the east

Looking east from the top of Brown Hill Range in late winter



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Acknowledgement

I must thank Peter Reed and Brendan Ryan of Suzlon Energy for their help in getting these photos and for providing information on the Brown Hill Range Wind Farm and Brendan also for his photos.





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2007/08/06 Under construction
2007/12/12 Dawn, construction
2008/08/25 Operational
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