Alternative Energy New Zealand: 120MW Wind Farm for NZ
The New Zealand Herald reports plans for a high-tech wind farm that will boost total New Zealand wind power generation capacity by almost 70 per cent were unveiled yesterday by TrustPower.
The 120MW wind farm will cost about NZ$220 million (USD $158m) to build in the Tararua Ranges near Palmerston North. It will generate enough power for 52,000 homes.
By using the latest computerised equipment, TrustPower will need to install just 40 turbines.
Chief executive Keith Tempest said that five years ago generating the same amount of power by wind would have taken 160 turbines.
The new turbines are individually controlled by micro-computers. They are able to constantly readjust the angle of their blades to maximise efficiency as the wind changes direction and strength.
The new plant could be operational by 2006.
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