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Number of turbines Turbine capacity Blade length Tower height
55 1.65MW 35m 70m

Te Apiti wind farm began construction in November 2003. It is located 10km out of Palmerston North and began generating electricity in August 2004.

Overall, the wind farm annually generates enough electricity to power 45,000 New Zealand homes. Although, the process to develop the wind farm was mighty. In February 2004, the site was flooded due to a 100-year flood – this had interfered with the project over a 6-week period.

The wind farm’s location created what’s called a ‘wind funnel’, perfectly positioned to catch the winds from the Tasman Sea, complimented by the Manawatū Gorge. Thanks to this, the turbines have a maximum speed of 17 revolutions per minute.

The site’s steep terrain made it a welcome challenge to our team – who doesn’t love a good problem to solve?

We’re proud to have been able to work on Te Apiti Windfarm, helping power New Zealand homes with clean, green energy.

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Client:
Meridian Energy
Date:
2003
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