Australian First Aviation Technology Installed at Lal Lal Wind Farms
Lal Lal Wind Farms has installed cutting edge aviation lights at its 60 turbine wind farm in central Victoria.
Lal Lal Wind Farms is the first Australian wind farm to install aviation lights designed to ensure the safety of air traffic while also minimising the impact on the local community.
The project has installed aviation lights known as InteliLight. The use of aviation lights at Lal Lal Wind Farms is a planning permit requirement.
Lal Lal Wind Farm Community Engagement Manager Tracey Ward said ‘the aviation lights are only activated when a light aircraft is in the vicinity, preventing the use of unnecessary lighting and minimising disruption to neighbouring residents.
The radar continuously and autonomously scans the surrounding area of Lal Lal Wind Farms for light aircraft. Each radar has a range between 4-6 kilometres and if an approaching airplane is detected, its distance, speed and heading are tracked and an assessment is made on whether or not to activate the aviation lights.
Construction of the turbines at Lal Lal Wind Farms continues to progress with 37 of the 38 turbines at Yendon constructed and undergoing reliability testing. One turbine of the 22 is completed at Elaine.
Once operational, the 60-turbine wind farm will generate enough energy to power 95,000 Victorian homes and save 780,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
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