16 Feb 2009

$500 million windfarm hearing begins

1:44 pm on 16 February 2009

A hearing began in Dannevirke on Monday for a $500 million windfarm in southern Hawke's Bay.

Contact Energy is applying for consent for 65 turbines at Waitahora Farm.

About 400 submissions have been made for three independent commissioners to consider.

Contact Energy lawyer Paul Beverley told the hearing the site on the Puketoi Range, south east of Dannevirke, has an outstanding wind resource and is an ideal location.

He says Contact acknowledges that there will be some adverse effects arising, but submitted that few are of any significance.