Contact Energy is considering spending $500 million developing a wind farm on the Puketoi Range near Dannevirke in southern Hawke’s Bay.
The proposed Waitahora wind farm would be up to 177 megawatts in size and have 65 turbines, producing enough electricity to power up to 86,000 homes on land currently used for pastoral farming.
Contact had signed a land use agreement with a private land owner, chief executive David Baldwin said.
A resource consent was likely to be filed later this year.
“This is an important project for New Zealand in that it is located in the North Island, closer to electricity demand centres, and harnesses a very strong wind resource,” Mr Baldwin said.
The wind farm would take roughly two years to build and would be generating electricity by 2013.
21 July 2008
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