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Project West Wind Wind Farm

Meridian Energy's Project West Wind is at Oteranga Bay in the southern end of the North Island. The HVDC power cables, which link the North and South Islands, come ashore within the wind farm site.

The first 15 turbines were switched on in April 2009. All 62 turbines were operating by September 2009. In that month, an equipment failure at Haywards substation isolated Wellington from the national grid and West Wind's generation during the incident kept the lights on in Wellington.

Project West Wind has a capacity of 142.6 MW and is one of the most efficient wind farms in the world because of the consistent strong winds funnelled through Cook Strait. It has a very high capacity factor of more than 47% (capacity factor is the amount of electricity actually generated relative to the amount that would have been produced if the generator had been running at its full output over the same period); the international average is around 30%.

Company: Meridian Energy

Capacity (MW): 142.6

Status: Operating

Start Year: 2009

Technology: Wind turbine

Fuel: Wind

Type of Turbine: 2.3 MW Siemens

No. of Turbines: 62

Estimated Output: 67 GWhr p.a.

Source of Information: NZ Wind Energy Association and Meridian Energy web sites (October 2011)


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