New Zealand has 17 wind farms operating. These wind farms currently have a combined installed capacity of 690 megawatts. They supply around 6% of New Zealand’s annual electricity generation, which is about the same amount of electricity as 300,000 kiwi homes use in a year.
There is currently approximately 2,500 MW of wind generation consented in New Zealand and developers are exploring sites throughout New Zealand for new wind farms.
Developers generally progress from holding a consent to build once they are satisfied that market conditions will provide a commercial return. It is not expected that all consented wind generation will be constructed.
Below is a map showing the operating windfarms (in green) and proposed wind farms (in orange). Click on the turbines to find out more about each individual wind farm or check out the wind farms that are already operating , those that have consent to be built and some of the proposed wind farms that may be built in the future in the directories in the side bar.
Wind farms that are operating or under construction
Wind farms that have been consented and those that are proposed but have not yet achieved consent