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The first stage of the Tararua wind farm project was a large-scale project, and when it was completed, it was the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere at the time. Not only that, but the site was the best performing wind farm in the world for multiple years – delivering over twice the expected electricity production. It’s expected that the first stage of the wind farm project would have supplied 16,000 Kiwi homes with their daily energy requirements – approximately half the size of Palmerston North’s occupied dwellings.
As our first wind farm project, we were excited to hit the ground running on Christmas Eve, 1999. Our role throughout the project was to trench and cable the land to ensure that everything was perfect for the installation.
The Tararua site was a great choice for the wind farm to be set up, due to the positioning of the turbines to capture most of the wind rolling through the mountainous terrain.
We are proud of the work that we put into the farm that kept Aotearoa’s lights on, heaters burning away throughout winter, as well as the clean energy that is produced from the farm.
This project was the catalyst that started our 20-year journey through wind farm trenching and cabling.
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