Cape Wind Project in Google Earth

Cape Wind Project in Google EarthThis is another example of using Google Earth to visualize a controversial building project. The Cape Wind Project is a proposal to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States in the vicinity of Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Someone named ‘RockyRaccoon’ at the Google Earth Community posted information about this last year and included a map overlay showing the area. Apparently the primary concern is that the wind farm will scar the views from these locations.
Recently, someone named ‘redgreenblue’ posted a Google Earth file with 3D models of the wind turbines in the proposed locations. Now you can put yourself on the shore and see what the view would look like in GE’s realistic views using satellite photos and 3D terrain. I suggest you turn off the map overlay before testing the views. The GE file includes views from the wind farm, and views from the shore. Just double click on the different camera view placemarks. Because the wind turbines are located several miles off shore, the curvature of the Earth causes some of the turbines to be below the horizon. The camera views don’t get you close enough to the ground. I suggest you try to get lower to get a more realist view. ‘redgreenblue’ has included some retouched photos to simulate the views as well. You will notice some of the views show no sign of the turbines.
Earlier this year I wrote about a building proposal in New York. And, a wind farm proposal in the UK. Google Earth is definitely an excellent way to visualize proposed building projects.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Stuart Goldman says:

    Cool! I’ve noticed that local Boston TV stations use Google Earth in their news coverage sometimes (zooming into the site of a story). Hopefully they will pick up on this and actually SHOW what the wind farm will look like. Spoiled views, my butt. I think they’re cool looking, just like the turbines closer to Boston.

  2. I looking for someone to develop a google earth view of proposed wind turbines in my area. Can anyone help in finding someone to do this? I will pay for the service.

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