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Wind farm lights to finally switch off  

Credit:  Yorke Peninsula Country Times, www.ypct.com.au 9 August 2011 ~~

The red flashing lights on the Snowtown wind farm turbines will finally be turned off, more than a year after the switch-off was first announced.

TrustPower Australia business development manager Rodney Ahern said the lights had been a requirement under the wind farm’s original development approval.

“Those requirements have now changed with the Snowtown wind farm towers now only required to be marked on aeronautical navigation charts as potential hazards,” Mr Ahren said.

“We have worked through a process with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority that now enables us to turn off the lights.

“We are now confident all appropriate safety measures are in place to ensure aircraft pilots are adequately warned of the presence of the turbines.”

Mr Ahern said the lights needed to be turned off to be consistent with the planned 102-turbine second stage of the Snowtown wind farm, which will not have any aviation hazard lighting.

TrustPower is continuing negotiations with preferred turbine suppliers for the development of stage two.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was pleased the lights were finally going to be turned off.

“I have called for this for quite some time, I hold a pilot’s licence and so I understand the issue, but they are below flying levels and anyone who flies aeroplanes at night uses GPS equipment now anyway,” he said.

“It took some time as they had to get the wind farm put on aviation maps.

“The lights have been turned off at Hallett (wind farm) for some time and there have been no problems.”

The lights will be switched off progressively during August and September.

Source:  Yorke Peninsula Country Times, www.ypct.com.au 9 August 2011

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