New Zealand’s largest wind turbines are being built in South Taranaki.
The turbines have appeared between Waverley and Patea at the Waipipi Wind Farm.
The farm covers 700 hectares of coastal farmland. The positioning of these turbines is unusual for New Zealand, as they are being built on flat coastal land.
The new farm is installing 31 turbines. Each turbine is 160m tall with a 130m diameter rotor. They are 4.3 megawatt machines and they’re the largest machines that have been installed in New Zealand.
Waipipi’s constant 8 metres-per-second winds and close access to the national power grid make this a great site.
The farm will begin generating electricity later this year.