Laufer Wind has announced the first FAA-approved commercial operation of an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS) on a US wind farm. The radar-activated lighting technology was installed on a recently constructed and commissioned 80MW wind farm in Wyoming.
Flight tests were successfully conducted and the system went operational in November of 2016. The ADLS is designed to mitigate the impact of nightime lights by deploying a radar-based system around a farm, turning lights on only when low-flying aircraft are detected nearby. Standards for ADLS technology were introduced by the FAA in December 2015.