Project West Wind

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West Wind Wind Farm
Project West Wind, from the air.jpg
Project West Wind is located in New Zealand
Project West Wind
Location of Project West Wind
Country New Zealand
Location Makara, west of Wellington City
Coordinates 41°16′35″S 174°39′37″E / 41.27639°S 174.66028°E / -41.27639; 174.66028Coordinates: 41°16′35″S 174°39′37″E / 41.27639°S 174.66028°E / -41.27639; 174.66028
Status Operational
Construction began September 2007 (September 2007)
Commission date April 2009 (April 2009)
Construction cost $440 million
Owner(s) Meridian
Wind farm
Type Onshore
Hub height 68 m (223 ft)
Rotor diameter 82 m (269 ft)
Rated wind speed 13–14 m/s (47–50 km/h; 29–31 mph)
Power generation
Units operational 62
Make and model Siemens: SWT-2.3-82 VS
Nameplate capacity 142.6 MW
Capacity factor 44.0%
Annual output 550 GWh

Project West Wind is a wind farm located at Terawhiti Station and Makara Farm west of Wellington, New Zealand.

It is the first wind farm for the capital city, and has a capacity of 143 MW.[1] Construction of the wind farm project began in September 2007[2] and was completed in late 2009.[3] The wind farm received resource consent for up to 66 turbines,[4] however only 62 were installed.[5] It is owned and operated by Meridian Energy.

The wind farm was officially opened in April 2009, when Prime Minister John Key turned on the first 15 turbines.[6] Electricity from the farm is stepped-up to 110 kV and is injected into Transpower's national grid via a tee off one of its Wilton to Central Park lines.

Six turbines suffered premature bearing failures in 2011.[7]

The wind farm was the winner of the Energy and Resources category in the 2012 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards.[8]

An aerial view of the Project West Wind wind farm at Makara, New Zealand.
Project West Wind wind farm

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wind Farms". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ Clark, Helen (2007-09-27). "Clark: Opening of Meridian’s Project West Wind". Scoop. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Project West Wind". New Zealand Wind Energy Association. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Decision approving conditions" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  5. ^ Blundell, Kay (2008-01-30). "Turbine farm for Ohariu Valley". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  6. ^ "West Wind Powers Wellington". Scoop. 2009-04-29. 
  7. ^ Bradley, Grant (8 June 2011). "Wellington winds too windy for wind farm". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Controversial wind farm Wins Prestigious Engineering Award". New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards. 3 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] - Project West Wind information page