Wind farm project tower goes up

February 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News


Staff from wind energy consultancy Energy 3 and Pioneer Generation install a 30m wind testing tower on Porteous Hill, north of Dunedin, the site for a proposed cluster of wind turbines that would generate enough energy to power Waitati. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

The next significant matter in developing a proposed wind
farm project for Blueskin Bay was ”raised” yesterday.

The 30m wind testing tower was raised on Porteous Hill
yesterday on a near windless day.

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust manager Scott Willis
said the tower was loaned to the trust by TrustPower and
would allow the trust to carry out more precise testing at
its proposed wind turbine site, which would be important for
sourcing funding for the project.

Use of the tower was arranged by renewable energy consultancy
company Garrad Hassan’s Wellington office, the tower’s owner,
Transpower, allowing the group to use it free of charge, Mr
Willis said. A grant from climate change action group
Hikurangi Foundation and $9000 obtained from crowd-sourcing
helped pay for specialised equipment to be attached to the
tower, installing the tower and other costs related to using
it.

The data collected from the tower would provide more
certainty to potential investors and information that would
aid the resource consent process, which was the next step to
be taken, Mr Willis said. The trust plans to erect up to four
turbines on Porteous Hill, capable of generating 5.2GWh of
energy each year, at a cost of about $5 million.

Mr Willis said the success of crowd-sourcing – the practice
of soliciting service, idea or financial contributions from a
large group of people, usually an online community – was a
”real vote of confidence”. The trust had aimed to raise
about $8000 by crowd-sourcing and was pleased people all over
the country had put their hand in their pocket to support the
project.

– debbie.porteous@odt.co.nz

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