Developing a Wind Farm

There are multiple reasons to think about developing a wind farm or erecting a large wind turbine. You could be a farmer with a large electricity bill for your irrigation. Perhaps you own land in a windy location. You might have a large-scale industrial plant that you’d like to take off the grid. Maybe you and your community have decided on a sustainable lifestyle. Alternatively, you could be a business person with a passion for renewable energy.

If you have a project in mind that could use a wind turbine with a capacity of more than 100 kilowatts, NZWEA can help. If you wish to erect a small turbine with a capacity of less than 100kw – i.e. one that will power your home, you will need to contact SEANZ – Sustainable Electricity Association of NZ.

Best practice in developing and consenting a wind farm

In mid-2013, NZWEA published a document that provides a common point of reference for everyone involved in a wind farm proposal and outlines best practice around development and consenting.

Wind Farm Development in New Zealand is intended to inform anyone involved in developing a wind farm, including:

  • Developers and suppliers
  • Consultants
  • Neighbours of a proposed wind farm and other members of the public
  • Local community groups and organisations
  • NGOs and special interest groups
  • Councils and other consenting authorities