The Turitea wind farm site is located in the Tararua Ranges near Palmerston North, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Mercury was pleased to have been selected by Palmerston North City Council in 2005 to develop on the site at Turitea, particularly as several member of our leadership team including our Chief Executive Fraser Whineray, and many others at Mercury, have ties with the region.
We’re experienced with the management of natural resources here at Mercury, and take an ultra long-term view of what that means. We’re committed to mitigating the impact of wind farm activity, and playing our part in efforts to enhance the Turitea Reserve, a recognised ecological asset in the vicinity of the wind farm.
Palmerston North and the surrounding areas will see a boost to the economy through Mercury’s new Turitea wind farm. Locals will see more jobs created in the region, and those working on the project will be spending in the local community and enjoying local sites and activities.
Agreement is signed to commence works on the first 33 turbines.
Good news is in from the monitoring efforts and we start talking to locals, council, and iwi.
The Board of Inquiry grants consents for a 60 turbine project at Turitea.
Wind monitoring equipment is installed at the location to assess viability.
The Board of Inquiry begins its hearing on the consent application.
Mercury creates a wind strategy and 12 months later, establishes a wind team.
We're pretty excited about our shiny new turbines! Did you know...
33 turbines to be installed initially
470 GWh generation per year
125 metres from base to rotor tip
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