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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby scotty » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:22 am

There's a website now as well if anyones interested. I'm trying to talk my kids into going for a daytrip :)


http://www.whiteleewindfarm.co.uk/index.php


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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby hungryjoe » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:01 am

I worked up there quite a bit last year driving dumpers and as some one said, these turbines are massive. You really do have to be right under one to get an idea of their size, but to get a real idea, you have to see them lying lengthwise on the ground before they get erected. It's a huge site with hundred of kilometres of roads.

Apparently, the turbines only have a lifespan of 20 years, basically because the foundations wont last any longer. The foundations are really deep and strong but the pull of the turbines must be huge.

For anyone interested, the health and safety up there was a fucking joke. You could get put off of the site for not wearing a hard hat, but I was expected to reverse an overladen dump truck down 1 in 4 (or steeper) gradients and to tip on an uneven surface with the risk of toppling the truck, without benefit of a banksman to guide me. When there was a banksman, it was usually some mental old alkie who wasn't qualified or competent.
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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby cumbo » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:08 am

Whitelees Wind Farm


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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby Alycidon » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:24 am

I remember reading that some precautions had to be taken to ensure that the windfarm did not interfere with radar for air traffic approaching Glasgow Airport, recently I have noticed that the rainfall radar image provided by the Met Office http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/index.html always seems to show precipitation in the area of the windfarm, even when the sky above in Eaglesham is clear, must be a similar effect.
(Check the screen on a day when there is no rain in the west of Scotland - O.K. I know that this is an unusual occurrence!!)
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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby minxy » Wed May 19, 2010 9:23 pm

A guy working on one of the turbines at Whitelees Windfarm
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We had a laugh...me shouting that I wanted to climb his massive erection, clamber up his big pole..him shouting back..Yer full ae wind :D ...I never did get up there :roll:
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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby hungryjoe » Wed May 19, 2010 11:18 pm

Alycidon wrote:I remember reading that some precautions had to be taken to ensure that the windfarm did not interfere with radar for air traffic approaching Glasgow Airport, recently I have noticed that the rainfall radar image provided by the Met Office http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/index.html always seems to show precipitation in the area of the windfarm, even when the sky above in Eaglesham is clear, must be a similar effect.
(Check the screen on a day when there is no rain in the west of Scotland - O.K. I know that this is an unusual occurrence!!)

Amlaird water works, on the other side of Whitelee Forest, is officially the wettest part of Ayrshire - I lived in Waterside and can vouch for that. I remember the year of Chernobyl, it rained every single day that summer.
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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby cyclytrist » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:12 am

its nearly all opened up to travel around on bike or foot now ,
was good for mtb ing on the un finished roads /farm tracks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSJDPqSA21s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKs-lCaR ... re=related
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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby BTJustice » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:37 pm

Just seen this thread so here are some of my pictures from last year;

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Turbine sillhouette by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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Look up by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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Turbine army by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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For scale. by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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Whitlees windfarm Panorama by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby Josef » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:11 pm

BTJustice wrote:Image
For scale. by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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Next time, stand him/her against the base.

Awesome things though, aren't they?
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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby stinkpad » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:56 pm

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Whitelee by stevenmccann, on Flickr
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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby Josef » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:41 pm

Apart from the scale, I really like the wee tiny door and figure with the thing itself looming up into the mist.

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Re: whitelee wind farm

Postby Vinegar Tom » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:13 pm

I really didn't like being next to the swishing blades.

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