Tararua Wind Farm
|Tararua Wind Farm|
|Location||Tararua Ranges, east of Palmerston North|
|Commission date||1999 (stage 1)
2004 (stage 2)
2007 (stage 3)
|Site area||700 hectares (1,730 acres)|
|Rotor diameter||47 metres (154 ft) (V47)
90 metres (295 ft) (V90)
|Make and model||Vestas|
The Tararua Wind Farm is a wind farm owned and operated by TrustPower. It is located on 700 hectares (1,730 acres) of farm land on the Tararua Ranges of New Zealand. It has become New Zealand's largest capacity wind farm, with a total capacity of 160 megawatts (215,000 hp).
The wind farm was first commissioned in 1999 and has been upgraded twice since. The most recent addition was commissioned in September 2007.
The wind farm consists of 134 turbines of two different types:
- 103 Vestas V47 turbines, each rated at 660 kilowatts (900 hp), with three 23.5-metre-long (77.1 ft) blades. Each turbine is mounted on a 40-metre-high (131 ft) steel lattice tower.
- 31 Vestas V90-3MW turbines, each rated at 3 megawatts (4,000 hp) with three 45-metre-long (148 ft) blades.
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