"The model of big wind farms isn't the only one... we should also be thinking about ways of encouraging more distributed, smaller-scale wind farms..."
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Press Release Nov 2006.
Long Gully Wind Farm is a proposed small local (up to 12.5 MW = 25 turbines) wind farm using mid-sized New Zealand made Windflow 500 turbines. It would provide renewable electricity directly to the local Wellington community. The use of these mid-sized turbines also means that existing roads can be used and that this smaller project can be viable.
Windflow Technology is developing this proposed wind farm at the Long Gully site because of the excellent wind resource on the south Wellington ridgetops and the relatively minor effects anticipated through using the shorter (30 metre high) Windflow 500 turbines.
Long Gully is a largely uninhabited area of marginal farmland south of the Brooklyn wind turbine in Wellington. It is an ideal site for a wind farm because it is characterised by steep, windswept and predominately scrub covered slopes in a relatively isolated location.
Windflow is managing the consenting, construction, turbine supply, and commissioning of the Long Gully wind farm on behalf of Mighty River Power.
Mighty River Power is a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) which operates as an integrated energy generation, trading, retailing and metering business.
Long Gully Project Overview Poster (1,180 kB) (updated April 2009)
Location and Features (1,119 kB) (updated May 2009)
Latest news release 9 June 2010: Windflow: Long Gully Wind Farm Update
The release describes that Mighty River Power will not itself proceed to the construction stage of the project. Windflow has since been looking into opportunities that would see the project be realised.
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