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North Canterbury wind farm proposed  

Resource consents for a wind farm in North Canterbury are expected to be lodged with the Hurunui District Council next month or early September.

MainPower wants to build the farm on a 3km ridge running north-east from the summit of Mount Cass, 6km east of Waipara.

It could be generating power by late 2009 to between 4000 and 10,000 homes, depending on its size and turbine selection.

MainPower development manager Todd Mead said yesterday no decision had been made about the size of the turbines which could range in size from 30 small 46.5m turbines to 10 large 125m turbines.

MainPower had been consulting with community groups since the middle of last year and to date the reaction had been “pretty positive”, said Mead.

MainPower secured rights to investigate and develop a windfarm on the property in 1997.

Meanwhile, the $60 million Waipara Wine Village and Spa is about to take shape at the intersection of State Highway One and Mount Cass Road.

Building consents for the village have been lodged and will be followed by those for a hotel and main building.

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24 July 2007

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