The White Hill wind farm near Mossburn is proving a reliable
generator of electricity and turbine reliability is rated
above 99% over the past three years, Meridian Energy says.
White Hill, 6km southeast of Mossburn, opened in 2007 to
mixed opinions. Some people were concerned the turbines would
dominate the landscape.
A Meridian Energy spokesperson said the wind farm was
performing within expectations, with 190gWh-220gWh
consistently generated per annum.
Each of the 29 turbines can generate up to 58MW of
electricity, enough to power 28,000 households. Meridian
Energy said New Zealand has a ''world-class wind resource
being situated right in the path of the Roaring 40s''. Wind
at 40deg latitude south was unimpeded by large land masses.
''With its narrow islands, New Zealand has a good exposure to
coastal winds and its ranges and areas of elevated terrain
give localised wind speed accelerations.''
''New Zealand has one of the most consistent wind energy
resources in the world, and our wind farms operate at an
average of 45% of maximum capacity, compared with an
international average of only 24%.''
In 2008, Meridian launched the Meridian White Hill Community
Fund and twice a year projects in the three Northern
Southland communities of Mossburn, Lumsden and Dipton were
eligible for the funding.
At the last funding distribution in September, five projects
received grants totalling $14,000.