Sunday, 5 August 2012

3D Carrach Windfarm Model

Today, I created a 3D Google Earth model of the proposed Carrach Wind Farm. Angus Council has just recommended that this development goes ahead immediately adjacent to Balintore Castle. I find it almost inconceivable that planners want to do this to a Grade A listed building that is currently being saved as for the nation.

You can find the model here:!topic/gec-models-annotations/Y2YczuthQ44 

You will have to install Google Earth on your PC to view it: this software will allow you to "fly" between selected viewpoints.

You can download the software here:

One such selected view is given below.  Tragically, Balintore Castle would have a grandstand view of all 9 turbines dominating the skyline.

Carrach Wind-Farm turbines as they would appear on Balintore Castle skyline


  1. This is no good news. I wish there was something I could do.

    1. Thanks Gorky - your wishes are appreciated!

  2. The field of view of Google Earth is 60 degrees. Using the view from the castle shows that the windfarm subtends a third of this i.e. 20 degrees, dominating the building and its historic setting. This equates to 4 hands at arms length or 40 suns aligned in a row. These are rules of thumb that I learned from astronomy - and sure enough when I stood on the castle terrace, four hands exactly covered the site of the wind farm: from the top of Mile Hill to Hilton Cottages which are the buildings on the right.

  3. Oh dear! Am sorry for you...Angus Council are not the brightest bunch!

    There are plenty of places they could stick their wind farm...I could think of a few!