At the start of Mine Notch Rd. off State Rte 120, the turbines on Partridge Peak come into view immediately. Nice contrast with the "porta-potty"!
A bit more than a mile in, the first view of the cluster of turbines on Flathead Mt. come into view.
The gate on the road further in to the Flathead Mt. and Record Hill sections.
Ominous warnings to cover themselves for liability. But what about warnings about draining taxpayer subsidies, fragmentation of wildlife habitat, low frequency sound waves, tec.?
This property is all locked up, compared to Rollins in Lincoln that has parts where anyone can drive in.
Roxbury Pond, a gem of a lake nestled in the mountains. Gorgeous view! Unfortunately for people on the lake, their view is 22 turbines as tall as 40 story Boston skyscrapers along the ridgeline of Record Hill, Flathaed Mt. and Partridge Peak.
The road up to the Partridge Peak turbine cluster. Note the deep blasted cut into the bedrock. There are similar cuts all over the mountains.
Along the same road to the Partridge Peak turbine cluster. These mountains have been blasted, leveled, and scalped. They will never be the same, deeply scarred forever.
The towers are huge. The tower itself is 262 feet high and the nacelle that sits on top of it weighs more than 90 tons.
Twin turbines at Partridge Peak
The view from Partridge Peak encompasses all of the Mahoosuc Range. This is Mt. Washington captured with a zoom lens.
Flathead Mt turbines from Partidge Peak.
Another view of Flathead Mt turbines from Partidge Peak.
This view of Flathead Mt turbines from Partidge Peak shows the wide clearcut for the road. The clearcut width is necessary for the huge size of the components. It would be interesting to calculate the "carbon footprint" of all the low efficiency, sooty diesel construction equipment and the trucks crawling up the steep roads at about 5 mph.
Interest in this photo of Flathead Mt. turbines is the tips of blades barely showing above the treeline further out and down the other side.
On the way down, looking directly across to incredibly unique Rumford Whitecap Mt. with its distinctive open ledges. This mountain's summit and access were protected by the Mahoosuc Land Trust. The Record Hill Wind turbines have now ruined the view to the north from this protected area.
Right on the side of State Rte 120 is the operations & maintenance facility and this substation.
This and the next two slides are shots of the wind turbines on Partridge Peak above, with sections of the power substation.
The power collected from the 22 turbines is switched here into its voltage for transmitting on the new access powerline to the regional grid.
The tree seems out of place between the turbines above and the substation equipment. Nothing hummed with activity on May 6, 2012 as there was no wind. The Record Hill Wind boondoggle produced nothing for the grid that day!
A hike in Spring in Maine always have wildflowers! This was the first purple trillium sited this year! This flower is also known as "Wake Robin" and "Stinking Benjamin" It comes out earlier than it's smaller relative the painted trillium.