A wind energy landscape : the Searsburg Wind Park

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dc.contributor.advisor Calkins, Meg, 1965- en_US
dc.contributor.author Shelley, Dena L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-vt en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:38Z
dc.date.created 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier LD2489.Z75 2008 .S54 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188419
dc.description.abstract Wind Energy facilities are becoming a more common occurrence among the U.S. landscape. The shift to renewable from non-renewable energy sources is an important agenda item for energy policy in the 21st century. Unlike other forms of energy, the unique visual aspects of wind energy provide opportunities to engage with and actually view the process of energy production. The sculptural element of turbines and their placement in highly visible areas, such as mountain ridges, provides opportunities of environmental interpretation and public interaction. Although existing security and safety precautions in the U.S. do not allow public use of these facilities, the integration of turbines into public places is becoming more common in other parts of the world. This creative project focuses on developing dynamic and unique cultural places that also serve as education spaces to celebrate wind and wind energy. Environmental art installations among the wind turbines serve as human-scaled interpretational guides to create meaningful, learning experiences between the user, the wind and the landscape.This project highlights the existing eleven-turbine (6MW) facility in the town of Searsburg in southern Vermont. This project includes inventory, analysis and site design of an existing wind facility. The methodology includes using GIS data and existing sight line data, as well as significant and environmental cultural points. Finally, general guidelines are included as a design foundation for other wind energy facilities.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Landscape Architecture
dc.format.extent 156 leaves : ill. (some col.), col. maps, col. plans ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wind power plants -- Landscape architecture -- Vermont -- Searsburg. en_US
dc.subject.other Searsburg Wind Power Facility (Searsburg, Vt.) en_US
dc.title A wind energy landscape : the Searsburg Wind Park en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.L.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1390311 en_US

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