The Tararua Wind Farm stands on 700 hectares of private farmland in the Tararua Ranges, in the lower North Island of New Zealand. Across all three stages, it is New Zealand’s largest wind farm.
- Maximum capacity
- 93 MW
- Annual output
- 318 GWh
- Tararua Ranges, Manawatu
“Three of the V90 turbines at this site were the first Vestas turbines in the world to reach production of one hundred million kilowatt hours, further cementing the site's reputation as one of the best in the world.”
Stage 3 of the Tararua Wind Farm began operating in 2007, utilising 31 Vestas V90-3.0 turbines.
This wind farm was the first green field project to be successfully taken through the permitting process by the Tilt Renewables team.
These wind turbines were placed on shorter towers due to the exceptional wind speed at the site. Requiring a hub height not more than 65m. This allowed the construction to be lower cost and faster than a typical installation of the time. Each turbine has a capacity of 3 MW, nearly 5 times that of the original turbines used in Stages 1 and 2, this reflects the pace of change in the wider industry.
Together, all three stages of the Tararua Wind Farm produce an average annual power output of over 560GWh.