Met Tower Marking
Safety is a priority that should always be shared.
Click below to access an interactive map detailing requirements for each state:
Click below to access an overview of equipment available to increase tower visibility:
Click below to access a collection of links to relevant presentations, papers, articles, and discussions:
With the propagation of wind energy across the US, meteorological towers for wind resource assessment purposes are being used extensively. Towers are often located on or adjacent farmland and there is growing concern from aviation groups about the potential threat they pose to low-level aircraft used to spray crops and count livestock. As project development continues, adequate tower marking and communication between wind energy developers and operators of low-flying aircraft has become essential to mitigate safety concerns.
At Harness Energy we strongly encourage our clients to enhance the visibility of their met towers for many reasons:
- Installing a high visibility tower is a tangible way to show landowners and the surrounding community that a developer cares about their safety.
- Marking equipment additions are truly helpful to pilots of low-level aircraft.
- Marking equipment additions may end up saving a life, saving a tower, or protecting a developer against liability in case of an accident.
- By choosing to implement high visibility options when a tower is first installed, a developer can potentially save themselves the cost of maintenance to bring a tower into compliance when new state law is enacted.
Steps developers can take:
- Information: Start with our interactive map to determine what is required and to gather state specific information.
- Awareness: Contact the local agricultural aviation association prior to tower installation.
- Action: Install tower marking equipment to make the tower more visible in various day and night conditions.
- Reporting: After the tower has been installed, report the final location of each tower to the local agricultural aviation association and/or the appropriate state agency.