Work on the Blacktoft Nursery 500 kW single wind turbine development is progressing quickly. As late Autumn brings diminishing daylight and deteriorating weather conditions, the wind turbine foundation construction work is nearly complete and ready for the erection of the turbine.
The foundations at Blacktoft Nursery are unusual in that the base of the tower is situated below the surrounding ground level. The turbine tower itself will sit within a reinforced concrete chamber built on top of the main foundation to retain the surrounding ground. The base of the turbine tower will be accessed via steps within the chamber.
The above left photograph shows the steel reinforcement before the concrete is poured. The circular plate is the bolt assembly template which holds the studs which the tower connects to in place while the concrete is poured.
The above right photograph shows the retaining wall being constructed, within which the base of the tower will be located. The photographs below show the retaining wall prior to it being back-filled.
The wind turbine is scheduled for delivery in the next few days and will be erected almost immediately.
Want to install a wind turbine?
If you are in the UK then take our Wind Site Self-Assessment - Step 1 of our modular Windpower Feasibility Study. It takes about 20 minutes to work through the basic checks to see if your site might be suitable, including:
- Estimating wind speed
- Checking proximity of nearby properties
- Checking site access and approach roads
- Investigating connection with the grid