Tararua Wind Farm

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Tararua Wind Farm
Tararua wind farm.jpg
Country New Zealand
Location Tararua Ranges, east of Palmerston North
Coordinates 40°20′46″S 175°46′48″E / 40.34611°S 175.78000°E / -40.34611; 175.78000Coordinates: 40°20′46″S 175°46′48″E / 40.34611°S 175.78000°E / -40.34611; 175.78000
Status Operational
Commission date 1999 (stage 1)
2004 (stage 2)
2007 (stage 3)
Owner(s) Trustpower
Wind farm
Type Onshore
Site area 700 hectares (1,730 acres)
Rotor diameter 47 metres (154 ft) (V47)
90 metres (295 ft) (V90)
Power generation
Make and model Vestas
Nameplate capacity 161

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).[1]

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.[2] Each turbine is mounted on a 40-metre-high (131 ft) steel lattice tower.[3]
  • 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ Tararua Wind Farm TrustPower
  2. ^ TrustPower Celebrates New Wind Farm High Scoop, 13 September 2007
  3. ^ Tararua Wind Farm Eastbridge