Friday, June 11, 2010

West Wind visit

Every once in while my job allows me to do something pretty cool. This time it was a trip to the new wind farm just west of Wellington called West Wind.

The mountain in the background is part of the south island

The turbines are just over 100m (100 yards) tall from ground to tip. There are 62 turbines which can generate enough electricity to power 70,000 homes or all of Wellington City.

Truck and sheep for scale

The turbines cover two properties. One owned by the government and Terawhiti Station. The station is still operational (thus the sheep). Leasing land to the owners of the turbines helps keep the farm going.

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