Genesis Energy originally obtained consent for a wind farm at Awhitu, south of Auckland in 2005, but did not proceed with the project, citing economic factors. The development rights were later acquired by a landowner who then approached Trustpower.
Trustpower’s wind interests have passed to Tilt Renewables following the demerger approved in 2016. Tilt Renewables has assessed the site, to see if the wind farm could work in synergy with its 9 MW diesel peaking plant, which was installed in 2010 near Whangarei to limit the company's exposure to peak wholesale prices in the region. It has made the decision to have no further involvement with the Awhitu site.
The site is consented for a maximum of 18 turbines, with a capacity of one megawatt each.
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