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Wind farm proposed near Taharoa 

Credit:  Jonah Franke-Bowell | Apr 02 2023 | stuff.co.nz ~~

An 11 turbine wind farm has been proposed for a site about 6km south of Taharoa on the Waikato’s west coast.

The application by Ventus Energy to consent the wind farm has been received by the Waitomo District council and is itself a variation upon an earlier granted consent.

Ventus, originally an Irish company with operations in New Zealand since 2004, has constructed wind farms in Scotland and in County Clare on the Irish west coast.

The wind farm will see 11 turbines with a tip height of 172.5 m installed if granted consent.

While the new application features a reduction in total turbines, down from 22, the rotors themselves will be larger than those proposed originally, now with a diameter of 155 m.

The 11 turbines will have a combined output of 48.4 MW, enough to power about 30,000 homes, the application says.

Because of the potential ecological and environmental effects of the project, the consent is publicly notified and open for public submission.

Ngāti Mahuta, for instance, have already raised objections to the recent, albeit smaller, proposal citing the “impact of junk/ scrap metal, zero waste, visual effects” on the landscape around the proposed turbines.

The public have until 5.00pm May 30 to submit on the proposal.

Source:  Jonah Franke-Bowell | Apr 02 2023 | stuff.co.nz

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