Planning and Environment
Resource consents for the Waipipi Wind Farm were secured in July 2017 for the construction and operation of the wind farm and transmission line. The project includes 31 commissioned wind turbines and support infrastructure including an on-site substation, access tracks, and during the construction period, included an on-site concrete batching plant.
The resource consent restricts the maximum wind turbine tip height to 160 metres AGL with the lowest point of the blades required to have a minimum ground clearance of 30 metres (i.e. maximum rotor size of 130 metres).
A copy of the resource consents can be downloaded below:
The Waipipi Wind Farm will produce enough clean energy each year to power about 65,000 homes and save the emission of roughly 250,000 tonnes of carbon.
The 800 hectare project envelope covers four properties, excluding those areas which have been identified as part of the Environmental Buffer Zone (EBZ). The formulation of the EBZ within the project site has been informed and refined in response to the various environmental assessments – particularly those relating to visual amenity, natural character, coastal hazards, noise, ecology, avifauna and heritage matters.