25 Jan 2009

Windfarm submissions sought

8:29 am on 25 January 2009

The Minister for the Environment is seeking submissions on a large scale windfarm planned for the Manawatu region by Mighty River Power.

A streamlined resource consent process was announced last month for the Turitea wind farm, south west of Palmerston North.

The windfarm was originally intended to be 308 - 360 megawatts but has been reduced in size by nine turbines after public consultation.

Submissions close on 23 February.

Trustpower already operates two large wind farms in the area, while Meridian Energy and Contact Energy have schemes in preliminary development.