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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

Wind Farm at Arinaga

 

North-west coast - St Nicholas and Agaete

Galdar area

Maspalomas- Dunes and Beach

Tasarte - valley study

Wind Farm at Aringa

Volcanics  - Pico de Galdar and Montanon Negro area

Central caldera - Santa Lucia

Mogan - Ayacata Road

Fataga  Rocque Bentaya San Bartolome de Tirajana 

The Humid North

GC210 Acusa Artenara Road

Chira - valley of water and of fire

 

 

The Arinaga wind farms as seen from the hills, interspersed with industry and also with agriculture .. and never too far away from people's homes.

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At the coastward end of the industrial area are examples of older or experimental turbines, such as the vertical axis on the right.

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On the left are further lines of turbines to the south of Pozo Iquierdo, where there is a technology centre specialising in renewables. In the centre a range of older designs that may possibly have been experimental in their day , whilst on the right are lines of masts on agricultural land.

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The turbines are organised in lines to face the prevailing north-easterly wind, and occupy the coastal plain, not the mountains or the adjacent sea.

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Although the turbines are placed within the industrial zone, and the agricultural areas that abut it, the photos show there is a landscape of intimacy with residential areas of Pozo Iquierdo also.

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Not all of the agricultural land is in production and some, as seen here, will need substantial reinvestment .. or be swallowed up by industry.

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Gran Canaria Arinaga Pozo Iquierdo GC-1 wind farm industrial estate research institute

 

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