A consent application has been lodged for the Kaiwaikawe (formerly called Omamari) Wind Farm with the Kaipara District Council by Tilt Renewables in 2020. The development was subsequently acquired by Mercury NZ, who are continuing plans for its development.
The proposed project will consist of up to 19 turbines, up to 220m height and will be capable of delivering approximately 73MW of renewable energy.
It is anticipated that construction of the Project could begin in late 2021/early 2022.
The proposed Kaiwaikawe Wind Farm will support the delivery of economic development and environmental objectives within the Kaipara region.
There will be a range of environmental, economic and social benefits including but not limited to:
- Create opportunity for local employment during construction with an expected 100 jobs and up to four full-time staff during the operating life of the wind farm (~30 years).
- Generation of enough clean energy to power around 25,000 homes each year.
- Assist New Zealand to increase the proportion of electricity it generates from renewable energy sources and achieve its climate policy ambitions.
About this site
The proposed Kaiwaikawe Wind Farm site is located in hill country, roughly 2-3km inland from Ripiro Beach and approximately 10km north-west of Dargaville.
The area proposed for the wind farm is located on Pamu Farms land off Babylon Coast Road.