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15 More Windmills (Wind Turbines) for Buffalo Mountain

2004 September

After the new windmill components spent some time in Oak Ridge, they were transported up to the Buffalo Mountain power plant site for installation.  The following photos are from a visit during this final phase of construction.

ATVs on road to wind power plant Access Control signsONLY
AUTHORIZED
PERSONNEL
BEYOND THIS
POINT

OFF ROADING
PROHIBITED
IN THIS AREA




Access Control sign Access Control signs, construction trucks in backgroundRESTRICTED AREA

Tennessee Valley
TVIG
Infrastructure Group

NO TRESSPASSING

(sic)


Affiliation Signs
Windmills and construction trucksHooper
CORPORATION
Madison, Wisconsin

WindConnect

From ALLIANT
ENERGY


NO
TRESPASSING



U.S. Property Motorized Vehicles ProhibitedNOTICE
U.S. Property

Gates will remain closed during
weather related icing conditions

Theft or willful injury to property
is a violation of Federal Law

TVA Police 1-800-824-3861

NOTICE

Motorized Vehicles
Prohibited


View of wide road clearing, windmills, shadow and flowers:
windmills, shadow and flowers 
Panorama made from 2 photos, using autopanog, hugin, enblend and Gimp (minor touch-up of central, right blade tip and cloud; distortion of horizon, leaning tower, at right is artificial).

Nacelle on ground, close-up Nacelle on ground, close-upAn assembled nacelle on stands on the ground, before installation on tower, offered an opportunity for close-up viewing.


Nacelle on ground, close-upVestas
890931



The return trip went down a road being used for installing wells and pipelines for extraction of liquid and gas fossil fuels from the mountains.

Oil and Natural Gas ViewWARNING
NATURAL GAS
PIPELINE

BEFORE EXCAVATING
OR IN
EMERGENCY
CALL
COALFIELD PIPELINE
1-800-498-8225

2002 CARBONITE



View of fossil fuel (oil and gas) extraction operation with view toward strip-mined mountain. Relatively speaking, the impact on the environment is not much different, or arguably less, when compared with the wind turbines.
Oil and Natural Gas View
Panorama made from 3 photos, using autopanog, hugin, enblend and Gimp.

Oil and Natural Gas View Oil and Natural Gas View65 psi

Solar panel (right) is used for power for controls and metering for fossil fuel business.


Panorama view where gravel road intersects with Route 116.
Oil and Natural Gas View
Panorama made from 3 photos, using autopanog, hugin, enblend and Gimp.


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In Oak Ridge before transport to power plant site, nacelle assembly site off Bethel Valley Road, and blade and tower storage site along railroad tracks.

SACE has a collection of photos showing transport and construction of the new wind turbines, from July and August 2004.


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