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Turbines on the way for Turitea

Thursday April 11 2019

Mercury will begin building 33 wind turbines on and near Turitea Reserve in August this year. Palmerston North City Council has been in ongoing discussion with the energy company about the development since 2004.

Photo shows closeup of wind turbine.

Photo: Mercury

In 2011, following a full consultation process, an independent board of inquiry granted consents for 60 turbines. The consent process involved a thorough examination of environmental effects and resulted in a number of changes to the application, including a significant reduction in wind turbines.

Mercury was given 10 years to give effect to the consent.

Our regulatory staff are responsible for monitoring and endorsing a large number of conditions that Mercury must meet before construction can begin.

The recently developed District Plan provisions for wind farms and landscapes only apply to new resource consent applications. The Turitea wind farm will comply with conditions applicable to the District Plan at the time of its application. The remaining 27 turbines granted under the consent can be constructed within 35 years under the 2011 consent application.

Mercury's website has more information about the development.