30 Aug 2011

Genesis seeks consent for huge wind farm

2:07 pm on 30 August 2011

Genesis Energy has applied for resource consent for what could be Australasia's biggest wind farm.

The proposed wind farm in North Wairarapa, between Masterton and Tararua, would have up to 286 wind turbines and generate enough power for 370,000 homes.

The wind farm could cost up to $1 billion and would be built over about 3000 hectares across 29 farmers' properties.

Genesis Energy public affairs manager Richard Gordon says it has taken about a year to reach agreement with the farmers.

However, the proposal is not certain to go ahead even with resource consent from the four councils involved; the Manawatu-Wangauni and Greater Wellington regional councils and the Masterton and Tararua district councils.

Mr Gordon says about 40 neighbouring properties would be able to see the turbines.

He says concerns have been raised by one or two people about visual pollution but the turbines would not be visible from nearby towns or state highways.

The documents are now open for public submissions.