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Is the Kippax power array an eyesore?

By johnboy - 30 March 2011 35

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A couple of days ago wildturkeycanoe posted a whinge about the windmills and solar panels being built in Kippax.

Today Colin’s sent in a picture so you can judge for yourself.

Thoughts?

What’s Your opinion?


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35 Responses to
Is the Kippax power array an eyesore?
Snarky 12:35 pm 30 Mar 11

thatsnotme said :

I don’t think it looks to bad really. The solar panels look a bit weird at the moment when they’re all at different angles while being installed, but once they’re all operating and on the same angle they’ll look less messy. The whole site is a mess at the moment as well (being a construction site and all) so it’s hard to judge how it’ll look finished and landscaped. I think the view will be nicer with this in place, than it was when the view was to the ugly backside of the shops behind there…

Agreed. If anything, it looks like it’s the tanks that will detract from the view, but a bit of judicious green leafy thing planting will solve that problem. Let’s see how it looks when its’ all done.

Jim Jones 12:24 pm 30 Mar 11

sdcno1 said :

‘Nice modern plastice ones’

Nice choice of contradictions there.

How is that a contradiction?

sdcno1 12:17 pm 30 Mar 11

‘Nice modern plastice ones’

Nice choice of contradictions there.

thatsnotme 12:12 pm 30 Mar 11

I don’t think it looks to bad really. The solar panels look a bit weird at the moment when they’re all at different angles while being installed, but once they’re all operating and on the same angle they’ll look less messy. The whole site is a mess at the moment as well (being a construction site and all) so it’s hard to judge how it’ll look finished and landscaped. I think the view will be nicer with this in place, than it was when the view was to the ugly backside of the shops behind there…

p1 12:11 pm 30 Mar 11

Gungahlin Al said :

What’s the address?

Corner of Starke and Luke Streets.

Erg0 12:03 pm 30 Mar 11

Gungahlin Al said :

I mean juste look at East O’Malley for Pete’s sake…

Must I?

KaptnKaos 12:00 pm 30 Mar 11

It’s part of the stanhope art for canberrans project.

Gungahlin Al 11:53 am 30 Mar 11

What’s the address? It all comes down to context. If you’re looking out your bedroom window at them maybe not. But in a commercial environ, what’s the problem? Don’t like turbines but you’re OK with TV antennas and 2 metre satellite dishes?

Me – I hate looking at bloody black concrete tiled roofs everywhere. Can’t help thinking of the absurdly unnecessary energy consumption caused by such a simple thing as colour choice. But I’m not waging a war to ban them, because you’re fighting a losing battle trying to govern taste. I mean juste look at East O’Malley for Pete’s sake…

Tequila Mockingbird 11:23 am 30 Mar 11

I don’t think they’re any more of an eyesore than any other development that might have been placed in the same area. Just try to think of them as artwork, similar to that found on the GDE. Except that these ‘artworks’ actually serve a purpose (and probably didn’t cost nearly as much).

fred76 11:15 am 30 Mar 11

eyesore? hardly, have you seen the rest of kippax

Solidarity 11:06 am 30 Mar 11

Ugly as hell, to be honest i’d rather an out-of-the-way coal plant, at least it isn’t masquerading as “green”

Holierthanthou 11:01 am 30 Mar 11

I almost fell off my seat when I first saw it. It makes a big, bold statement.. something like:”The grass is much greener on this side of fence, why don’t you get out of your car and walk you fossil fuel consuming CO2 emitting planet-destroyer” I don’t think the photo does justice to the installation, seeing the array of shiny panels each at a jaunty angle juxtaposed by the curvy turbine blades is quite striking.

beejay76 10:25 am 30 Mar 11

Meh. Better than a coal-fired power station or a nuke.

p1 10:19 am 30 Mar 11

I’m a little surprised that they went with a big row of corrugated iron tanks. Can’t help but think nice modern plastic ones would have been much less obvious.

welkin31 10:14 am 30 Mar 11

I think that wildturkeycanoe was not exaggerating.
Thanks to Colin for the photo.
Are these solar panels the type that constantly alter angle to best trap the solar energy ?
I was expecting a horizontal axis wind turbine that would be less obtrusive – but hey anything Green must be so marvellous.

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