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Wind farms operating and under construction

New Zealand has 17 wind farms comprised of 490 turbines. These wind farms currently have a combined installed capacity of 690 MW and supply nearly 6% of New Zealand’s annual electricity generation. Most wind farms are connected to distributed networks with only Tararua (stage 3), Te Apiti and West Wind being grid connected. The most recent wind farm constructed was Flat Hill in 2015.

The following table details wind farms in latest commissioning date order. Where there are multiple stages the wind farm is listed based on the first commissioning date:

Wind Farm

Operator Region No. of Turbines

Capacity (MW)

Comm-
ission Date

Brooklyn Meridian Wellington 1 Turbine: 0.9
Farm: 0.9
Note: replaces original 0.23 MW turbine commis-sioned in 1993
2016
Flat Hill Pioneer Energy Bluff 8 Turbine:
Farm: 6.8
2015
Mill Creek  Meridian Wellington 26 Turbine: 2.3
Farm: 59.8
2014
Lake Grassmere Energy3 Marlborough 1 Turbine: 0.66 2014
Lulworth  Energy3 Marlborough 4 Turbine: 0.25
Farm: 1.0
2011
Te Uku Meridian Waikato 28 Turbine: 2.3
Farm: 64.4
2011
Mahinerangi TrustPower Clutha 12 Turbine: 3.0
Farm: 36.0
2011
Mt Stuart  Pioneer Energy Clutha 9 Turbine: 0.85
Farm: 7.65
2011
Weld Cone Energy3 Marlborough  3 Turbine: 0.25
Farm: 0.75 
2010
Chatham Islands CBD Energy/ Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust Chatham Islands  2 Turbine: 0.23
Farm: 0.46
2010
West Wind  Meridian Wellington 62 Turbine: 2.3
Farm: 142.6
2009
Horseshoe Bend Pioneer Energy Central Otago 3 Turbine: 0.75
Farm: 2.25
2009
Tararua (Stage 3) TrustPower Manawatu 31 Turbine: 3.0
Farm: 93.0
2007
White Hill  Meridian  Southland 29 Turbine: 2.0
Farm: 58.0
2007
Te Rere Hau   NZ Windfarms  Manawatu 97  Turbine: 0.5
Farm: 48.5
2006, 
2008-2011
Southbridge Energy3  Canterbury 1 Turbine: 0.1
Farm: 0.1
2005
Hau Nui (Stage 2) Genesis  Wairarapa 8 Turbine: 0.6
Farm: 4.8
2004
Tararua (Stage 2) TrustPower  Manawatu 55 Turbine: 0.66
Farm:  36.3
2004
Te Apiti Meridian  Manawatu 55 Turbine: 1.65
Farm: 90.8
2004 
Tararua (Stage 1)  TrustPower Manawatu 48 Turbine: 0.66
Farm: 31.7
1999
Hau Nui (Stage 1)  Genesis Wairarapa 7 Turbine: 0.55
Farm: 3.9
1996
Total all wind farms     490

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Other wind farms constructed by NZ companies

Wind Farm
Operator Region No. of Turbines
Capacity (MW)
Comm-
ission Date
Westray Windflow UK Scotland 1 Turbine: 0.5
Farm: 0.5
2013
Ross Island Meridian Antartica 3 Turbine: 0.33
Farm: 0.99
2010