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A new wind farm in Kansas trailblazes with light-mitigating technology

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Ørsted, a Danish renewable energy company, has recently completed the construction of a 200-megawatt wind farm in Kansas. This particular wind farm, named Sunflower Wind, is the first in the state to incorporate light-mitigating technology. Located in Marion County, Kansas, northeast of Wichita, Sunflower Wind will generate enough clean energy to power over 70,000 homes on an annual basis. Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating that it not only brings new jobs and private investment to the state but also introduces light mitigating technology that will help preserve the natural beauty of the night sky.
The distinguishing feature of Sunflower Wind is the implementation of an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS), which utilizes radar to detect aircraft. With ADLS installed on the wind turbines, the lights will only blink when aircraft are detected, reducing light pollution for nearby residents. The installation of ADLS requires approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with each turbine being reviewed individually. The FAA mandates that the ADLS activates and flashes when an aircraft is within a three-nautical mile perimeter and at or below 1,000 feet above the highest wind turbine.
The introduction of ADLS in Kansas could have a significant impact, as wind energy accounted for 47% of the state's electricity net generation in 2022, making it the third-highest contributor to wind power after Iowa and South Dakota. However, the blinking red lights from wind turbines have been a source of concern for some residents. For instance, Bonnie Rasmussen of Frankfort, Kansas, expressed her dissatisfaction with the lights, as she had built her house away from the noise and lights of urban areas to enjoy the natural beauty of sunrises, sunsets, and the night sky. ADLS aims to address this issue and improve the living experience for those residing near wind farms in Kansas.

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  • Esther Wanjiku

    35 w

    The reliability of wind power is indeed without doubt

    • johnte ndeto

      35 w

      More investment should be done on wind power since it has proven reliable and it's clean source of energy

      • Ann Nyambura

        35 w

        The Sunflower Wind farm is a win-win for Kansas and the environment.

        • Markus Lutteman

          35 w

          Wow, I believe the ADLS system might be a real changemaker for people’s opinion about wind turbines. I have heard so many people say that their main complaint about wind power is the blinking red lights.

          • Rotich Kim

            36 w

            Wind power is always reliable

            • CHRIS NGATIA

              36 w

              @rotich_kim yeah true indeed

            • zelda ninga

              36 w

              The good thing about wind power you can never run out of it.

              • rosebellendiritu

                36 w

                @zelda_ninga_442 true it's very reliable.

              • walter lungayi

                36 w

                It is great to see renewable energy companies like Ørsted implementing new technologies to reduce light pollution and improve the living experience for residents near wind farms. It is important to balance the benefits of clean energy with the impact on the environment and local communities.

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