Trustpower has a 10-year consent to build a 48 turbine 130MW wind farm in South Taranaki. The consent includes a 13 kilometre 10kV transmission line from the site to Transpower’s Waverley substation and was issued in July 2017
The wind farm would cost $325m to build and generate 490GWh of electricity a year which, based on average residential consumption, would produce the same amount of electricity as used by over 65,000 homes.
The proposed wind farm is in a great location to provide renewable electricity to meet growing demand and displace existing thermal generation with its high level of carbon emissions. The wind farm could avoid 337,400 tonnes of C02 per year if this electricity were to be generated from a coal-fired plant or 196,800 tonnes in avoided gas fire generation.
In 2016 Trustpower received final court approval for the demerger and listing of its Australian and New Zealand wind businesses. Tilt Renewables is now responsible for the wind farms consent.
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The proposed wind farm is located approximately 6km south-east of Patea and 7km south-west of Waverley, in South Taranaki.
There was concern about the turbine’s effect on seabird populations in the area. The effect has been mitigated by filling in three ponds and enhancing some water bodies, wetlands and dunes outside the wind farm’s footprint to improve bird habitats outside the area.
Project information and resource consent application on Tilt Renewables website.