How do I position my trees so I don't block my wind turbine?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

In most cases, wind turbines are located on high ground in open conditions. Planting trees that will exceed 30 feet in height anywhere in the prevailing wind path (fore or aft of the turbine) is likely to result in reduced wind speeds. Short trees (those that rarely exceed 30 feet at maturity) may not impact wind speeds at the critical heights if the turbine blades are well above that level. 

 

Another factor in favor of this scenario is that high-ground areas where most turbines are located generally have shallow soils, which can significantly reduce the mature height of a given tree.

These trees are out of the turbine's wind path with open space in the direction of the prevailing winds.

Photo Credit: Raina Sheridan

 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.