Night-time Visualisations:- Tiree Array, at night, from Balevullin Beach
We highlight that ‘dark skies’ at night are a major attribute of Tiree; we therefore advise the applicant to assess the impact of their windfarm lighting requirements in this context.
NTA has consistently requested SPR to present visualisations of their lighting requirements, ergo night-time visualisations. SPR has consistently refused NTA’s request.
The genesis of this request was NTA participation in a Tiree group taken by SPR , in Sept 2011 , to see the Barrow-Walney-Ormonde Offshore Array(10KM offshore).
NTA reported that the Barrow-Walney-Ormonde (BWO)Array, at night, ‘ resembled an oil refinery operating at night. Each turbine looked like a lit-up Xmas Tree‘. SPR, unsurprisingly, disputed this assessment, suggesting that features of the Array were not applicable to the Tiree Array. SPR offered no images to back-up their claim. SPR was very vague as to Tiree Array’s aviation lighting requirements, not withstanding the BWO Array, like the Tiree Array, is in the flight path of an airfield, in close proximity.
This image of the Walney Array would suggest NTA’s perspective was accurate.
Anyway…let’s get back to Tiree,the Tiree Array,and these Tiree night-time visualisations.
The closest turbine is approx 7km, and the furthest approx 16km, from the beach.
The current regulations derive a ‘single-lit turbine’s lighting requirements to meet both aviation (CAA) and marine navigation lighting requirements.
The lack of any further input from SPR has motivated NTA to offer night-time visualisations of the the proposed Tiree Array.
Similar images will reflect the view of the Tiree Array from Sandaig and Balephuil.
As the avaition lights will be positioned more than 100M above sea-level, with a range of 20km, most of Tiree will be visually impacted. Think TILLEY
This “Lit-Tiree Array ” ( 32 turbines ) meets minimal CAA requirements
The report that follows is the lay out of lit turbines to meet CAA requirements for the Neart-na-Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm , 15km off the East Neuk of Fife( St Andrews). This document is incorporated in the developer’s Consents Submission to Marine Scotland.
Marine Navigation Lighting Requirements:-
And now take 60 seconds out to look at this video of a aviation-lit turbine , and let the full visual impact sink into the psyche !
Take 60 seconds to look at this video of a aviation-lit turbine , and let the full visual impact sink into the psyche of what the view from Belevullin, in the crepuscule, may look like, if the Tiree Array was to gain Scottish Ministers approval.