The OCAS solution utilizes patented radar technology mounted on the turbine tower to detect approaching aircraft and activates the turbine strobe lights for a primary visual warning as required by Transport Canada. This keeps the lights off at all times unless an aircraft approaches the wind turbines. If the aircraft does not take measures to avoid the turbines, a secondary audio warning is delivered to the pilot’s VHF radio.
By keeping the system off until an aircraft is detected, OCAS leaves skies free from light pollution, decreasing public annoyance, lowering the environmental impact of the wind project while increasing safety for the aviation community. The OCAS solution is the first and only Transport Canada and Federal Aviation Administration tested and approved Aircraft Detection System (ADS) or Audio Visual Warning System (AVWS) for use in Canada and the United States.
"Utilizing the OCAS technology emphasizes RES Canada’s commitment to delivering projects with an environmentally neutral footprint," said Andrew Fowler, Vice President, RES Canada. "Safety is our top priority and we continually look to new technology to support that value," continues Mr. Fowler. Melissa McCarthy, General Manager, OCAS Inc., added, "We are excited to be working with one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the world and believe that RES’ sensitivity to the local environment combined with their technical expertise make them an excellent partner for OCAS."
About OCAS Inc. – OCAS Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of OCAS AS. OCAS leads the way in obstruction marking safety with a radar recognition system capable of delivering both visual and audible warnings to flight crews approaching air obstacles. OCAS has systems with over 750,000 operational hours installed in Europe, Canada, and the USA. OCAS Inc. headquarters are located in Vienna, VA. For more information please go to www.ocasinc.com
About RES Canada and RES Americas – Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) was founded in 2003 and is based in Montreal, Quebec. RES Canada is active with the development and construction services in most Canadian provinces.
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across the United States (US), Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. RES Americas has more than 4,100 MW of construction projects, which represent approximately 10% of the operating installed wind capacity in the US, and has over 12,500 MW in development. RES Americas’ corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX, Portland, OR, and Minneapolis, MN.