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Contact's Waikato wind project approved


Contact Energy has been given the go-ahead to build a huge wind farm development that will power 170,000 homes.

NBR staff
Fri, 27 May 2011

A board of inquiry has given the go-ahead to Contact Energy's proposed Hauauru ma raki wind farm development on the Waikato coast.

The decision grants all resource consents for 168 wind turbines and designation for the transmission lines.

Contact chief executive Dennis Barnes said the granting of the Hauauru ma raki consent is pleasing and is the final decision due following the three consent processes for the company that concluded last year.

Hauauru ma raki would generate up to 504 megawatts of power from the 168 turbines, which is enough renewable energy to power about 170,000 average homes.

The site runs from four kilometres south of Port Waikato to Te Akau, around 10 kilometres north of Raglan. 

NBR staff
Fri, 27 May 2011
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