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194, 5MW turbine array (Feb 2014 layout)
This computer simulation shows what the view might look like from Bournemouth from just west of the pier near the B.I.C.
The assumptions behind the video are explained on the Animation FAQ page. (194, 177m 5MW turbines).
122, 8MW turbine array (Feb 2014 layout)
How the Bournemouth area would be affected
For the stretch of coast from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head, the whole windfarm would be visible to the south, and it would often be back-lit, which makes it stand out more. From Bournemouth to Christchurch, it would occupy approximately 29 degrees of the horizon (26-32% of the currently clear horizon between the Isle of Wight and Purbeck, depending on your precise location). Buildings on the cliff-tops would have the best views. At promenade level, the lower third of the most distant turbines would be hidden by the curvature of the Earth, but they would still be visible. From West Cliff in Bournemouth, the closest turbine would be 13.4 miles (21.6km) away, and would appear to be up to one and a half times as tall as West High Down on the Isle of Wight. The Needles are about the same distance from West Cliff as the closest turbines would be, so they would both be visible a similar proportion of the time.