27 Jun 2017

Community scales back Otago turbine plan

1:16 pm on 27 June 2017

A community group wanting to put up its own windfarm near Dunedin has cut its plan to a single windmill.

The 30-metre testing tower visible in the middle distance is on the site for one of the proposed wind turbines. The Blueskin Energy Project has been measuring wind speeds at the site since May 2011 to be sure that the wind supply is enough to generate good amounts of power.

The 30m testing tower visible in the middle distance is on the site for one of the initially proposed wind turbines. Photo: RNZ / Alison Ballance

Blueskin Energy made the announcement at the start of its three-week Environment Court appeal to try to save the $6 million project.

Resource consents for the plan to power the Blueskin Bay community were rejected last year because of the noise and visual impact on its nearest neighbours.

The court was told this morning that Blueskin Energy said it now wanted to replace the plan for three 90m tall turbines, with a larger one standing 110m high.

A lawyer for Blueskin Energy said the closest house would be at least 650m from the single turbine and the three closest neighbours would be compensated.

That has not appeased the neighbours or opponents from the area, which are arguing the project should be abandoned.

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