As the wind energy industry in Northern Ohio gets closer to building the world's first freshwater wind farm on Lake Erie, people are getting curious about the potential impact on lakeshore views. This simulated image, created recently by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Office of Coastal Management, shows what a large, commercial wind turbine will look like if located one, three, or ten miles out in the lake. (Click here for a larger image.)
The current plan is to build a 20-megawatt pilot wind farm of four to five turbines by the end of 2012. Most likely they will be located about seven miles offshore, which will make them appear quite small on the horizon. The hope is that a successful demonstration will help make Ohio the epicenter for freshwater wind turbine manufacturing. The effort is being led the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo).