Is the Kippax power array an eyesore?

johnboy 30 March 2011 35

kippax power generation

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?


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AAMC AAMC 3:59 pm 17 Oct 11

troll-sniffer said :

AAMC said :

I love it, but can someone explain to me why i can’t put this type of set up on my own residential block?

Ummmm I think you might find you have a degree of latitude in what you can put in on your own block. If you want to whack up some solar arrays, and a windmill or two, to feed into your own power network that don’t adversely impact your neighbours, then by all means apply for planning permission.

If however you want to connect to the grid or involve the community in funding your nirvana, then you might find a considerable number of hoops and roadblocks in your way.

I am not interested I any publicly funded, gird connected, pyramid scheme;
I would like to go fully off grid (solar + Wind generation + battery bank) but a turbine tower is too high to be accepted by ACTPLA. I could put up a small tower but the efficiency of such an installation would be limited.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 3:07 pm 17 Oct 11

AAMC said :

I love it, but can someone explain to me why i can’t put this type of set up on my own residential block?

Ummmm I think you might find you have a degree of latitude in what you can put in on your own block. If you want to whack up some solar arrays, and a windmill or two, to feed into your own power network that don’t adversely impact your neighbours, then by all means apply for planning permission.

If however you want to connect to the grid or involve the community in funding your nirvana, then you might find a considerable number of hoops and roadblocks in your way.

AAMC AAMC 1:41 pm 17 Oct 11

I love it, but can someone explain to me why i can’t put this type of set up on my own residential block?

Jethro Jethro 5:36 pm 30 Mar 11

Solidarity said :

I would like to live in your magical fairy world where solar panels are grown on trees.

Well… they kinda do.. (leaves and photosynthesis and all)

chewy14 chewy14 4:26 pm 30 Mar 11

dazzab said :

Solidarity said :

Nuclear is cleaner yet again.

Yeah, tell that to anyone living in Japan.

Tell that to the thousands of people who die yearly due to coal power.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 4:07 pm 30 Mar 11

dazzab said :

Solidarity said :

Nuclear is cleaner yet again.

Yeah, tell that to anyone living in Japan.

Yeah, all those Japanese dying of radiation sickness.

Oh wait…

dazzab dazzab 3:23 pm 30 Mar 11

Solidarity said :

Nuclear is cleaner yet again.

Yeah, tell that to anyone living in Japan.

Solidarity Solidarity 2:42 pm 30 Mar 11

averagejoe said :

Solidarity – get with the program!, the idea is to showcase Solar Power the sun is an infinite source of clean energy, versus the alternative COAL, NUCLEAR etc all finite, really dirty and dangerous. We only need a few smart kids out there to catch onto sites like these and come up with further technologies improvements. Leave it up the designer and the architects to work on the aesthetics.

I would like to live in your magical fairy world where solar panels are grown on trees.

Solar panels require a finite resource to create, and the manufacturing processes requires leave toxins that are much more dangerous than the emissions of a coal plant, let alone a nucear one.

The output of a solar array is also unfeasible, as they don’t have a large enough output. The cost to create a solar panel far outweighs any savings (environmentally) over a coal plant.

Nuclear is cleaner yet again.

EvanJames EvanJames 2:27 pm 30 Mar 11

It looks pretty industrial. There must be a better way? At least plantings to hide the row of metal tanks.

Chop71 Chop71 2:16 pm 30 Mar 11

Personally, I can’t wait for the Tralee Nuclear Power Plant to be staffed by the ‘boat people’ (housed at the off shore processing centre on the island in the middle of Lake Burley Griffin).

In other news, the ACT government could look at supplying free solar panels to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

homeone homeone 2:03 pm 30 Mar 11

Drove past yesterday.

It’s big. The tanks will probably be hidden by a fence.

The towers and solar panels won’t be.

If I had a place facing them on Starke Street I wouldn’t be happy.

I notice that Starke StreetsTommy Tortoise ‘garden’ has gone [for new arrivals – think tan bark decorated with broken furniture and starring a 5 foot stump with a broken piano mounted on it] but seems to have been replaced by several front yards of the very much ‘run free’ variety in the same area.

averagejoe averagejoe 1:53 pm 30 Mar 11

Look out -solar is now on the move !

http://global.kyocera.com/news/2009/0506_jgoa.html

averagejoe averagejoe 1:51 pm 30 Mar 11

Solidarity – get with the program!, the idea is to showcase Solar Power the sun is an infinite source of clean energy, versus the alternative COAL, NUCLEAR etc all finite, really dirty and dangerous. We only need a few smart kids out there to catch onto sites like these and come up with further technologies improvements. Leave it up the designer and the architects to work on the aesthetics.

p1 p1 1:25 pm 30 Mar 11

thatsnotme said :

I think plastic tanks would look out of place. They’ve used a similar corrigated iron finish on the building itself, so these tanks will fit in with the building design. No matter what they’re made of, you can’t really hide that number of tanks short of burying them…so they might as well match the rest of the building.

True I guess. I will have a more objective look when it is all finished and the landscaping done / fencing removed. I assume in ground tanks just aren’t worth the potential future cost if one had to be replaced.

georgesgenitals said :

It sounds like a possum being fed into a blender.

Mmmm, so only loud for a minute or so?

shadow boxer shadow boxer 1:21 pm 30 Mar 11

Solidarity said :

Jim Jones said :

sdcno1 said :

‘Nice modern plastice ones’

Nice choice of contradictions there.

How is that a contradiction?

Plastic tanks are much worse for the environment (to produce) than metal ones.

Not really, those tanks would have a plastic liner, fully plastic tanks last much longer as well.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 1:03 pm 30 Mar 11

p1 said :

That said, I like the whole development. Will be interested in the noise (if any) the turbine makes in a good breeze.

It sounds like a possum being fed into a blender.

thatsnotme thatsnotme 12:57 pm 30 Mar 11

p1 said :

I know that the tanks are new, but that style has been around since the 1840s. A nice new (style) moulded plastic tank, in a nice dull colour, might be a little boring, but would blend in better. Sure, a screen of plants might hide these tanks a little, but that would also work with plastic ones.

I think plastic tanks would look out of place. They’ve used a similar corrigated iron finish on the building itself, so these tanks will fit in with the building design. No matter what they’re made of, you can’t really hide that number of tanks short of burying them…so they might as well match the rest of the building.

p1 p1 12:51 pm 30 Mar 11

Jim Jones said :

sdcno1 said :

‘Nice modern plastice ones’

Nice choice of contradictions there.

How is that a contradiction?

I know that the tanks are new, but that style has been around since the 1840s. A nice new (style) moulded plastic tank, in a nice dull colour, might be a little boring, but would blend in better. Sure, a screen of plants might hide these tanks a little, but that would also work with plastic ones.

That said, I like the whole development. Will be interested in the noise (if any) the turbine makes in a good breeze.

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 12:47 pm 30 Mar 11

It looks a lot better than Kippax in general.

Solidarity Solidarity 12:44 pm 30 Mar 11

Jim Jones said :

sdcno1 said :

‘Nice modern plastice ones’

Nice choice of contradictions there.

How is that a contradiction?

Plastic tanks are much worse for the environment (to produce) than metal ones.

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