Green light for New Zealand’s ‘largest’ wind farm

Approval has been given for a wind farm in New Zealand, which developers claim could be the “largest” in the country. Genesis Energy received consent for the project from the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Approval has been given for a wind farm in New Zealand, which developers claim could be the “largest” in the country.

Genesis Energy received consent for the project from the Environment Court following several months of discussions between the energy firm and local community groups.

The Castle Hill wind farm will have 286 turbines, with a total capacity of 860MW – equivalent to the electricity consumed by around 370,000 New Zealand households every year.

With a 10-year lapse period and a 10-year construction period, the wind farm is a long term development option and the company has no immediate plans to start construction.

Albert Brantley, Chief Executive of Genesis Energy said: “These consents are about being prepared for the future. They will provide Genesis Energy the ability to respond to the changing needs of New Zealanders, our customers, when we need to.”

Last year a report suggested wind technologies could provide 20% of New Zealand’s electricity by 2030.