A consent application has been lodged with the Hauraki District Council and Waikato regional Council for the Kaimai Wind Farm in June 2018. Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd has asked for its application to be publicly notified.
Submissions have been received and a consent hearing with independent commissioners is likely to be held in mid-2019. NZWEA’s submitted in support of the wind farm as:
- The project contributes to the sustainable management of natural resources.
- Efficiently uses a significant and important resource.
- Wind energy is becoming an increasingly important component of the electricity system.
- Legislative and policy setting support renewable electricity generation and regional growth.
The Association’s submission can be viewed using the link below:
The proposed Wind Farm will have 24 turbines with the tallest being 207 metres.
Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd also wants to build a substation, two lattice transmission towers, two overhead power lines and 18.9m of on-site roading. Consent is also sought for two on-site quarries to supply materials for the roads.
Wind Farm capacity is 125MW with an expected annual production of 440GWh and, on an annual basis, be able to meet the electricity needs of over 62,000 households.
The proposed Wind Farm supports the Government’s focus on addressing the impacts of climate change by increasing renewable electricity generation and reducing energy sector carbon emissions. The equivalent level of generation from a coal power station would emit around 277,000t CO2-e or 200,000t CO2-e if from a gas fired power station.
About this site
The proposed wind farm is located on farmland at the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges. The wind farm area spans 1304 hectares bordering Rotokohu Road, Paeroa and SH26 Tirohia.
For more information visit the Kaimai Wind website