As I headed across country towards Rokewood, I had my first glimpse of the turbines turning in the distance.
|Wind turbines at the Mount Mercer Wind Farm|
|Turbines in action|
|Construction equipment and the pieces of a turbine on the ground waiting|
to be installed
The power, once generated, is collected from each tower via an underground network and then transferred to a "switchyard facility" before being carried by an above-ground 132kV line to a substation about 4km north of the township of Elaine, where the voltage is stepped up and the electricity enters the national grid.
|132kV lines carrying power to the Elaine substation|
Such a project however is not without its critics and the surrounding community would seem to be divided between those in favour and those against. Arrangements had to be individually negotiated with each landholder whose land the line would cross and where approval was not granted, the line was forced to detour, giving it - I'm told - a somewhat irregular appearance.
Also somewhat incongruous was the image below which I snapped on the Shelford-Mount Mercer Road. The times are certainly changing!
|The old and the new|