Mill Creek Wind Farm
|Mill Creek Wind Farm|
|Location||west of Johnsonville, Wellington|
|Construction began||August 2012|
|Rotor diameter||82.4 m (270 ft)|
|Make and model||Siemens Wind Power: SWT-2.3-82 VS|
|Nameplate capacity||59.8 MW|
The application for resource consents described the project as having a total capacity of up to 71.3MW. The wind farm will cover an area of approximately 18 km² and use 31 Siemens 2.3MW wind turbines. A 33,000-volt power line will connect the wind farm to Transpower's Wilton substation, where the farm's electricity will be injected into both Wellington Electricity's local distribution network and the national grid.
The resource consents were granted in February 2009 with conditions, including a limit of 29 turbines and a maximum height of 111m. Local Ohariu Valley residents who opposed the development lodged an appeal to the Environment Court. In August 2011, the Environment Court approved the resource consents for the project, subject to a limit of 26 turbines.
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