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Tararua Wind Farm
Country New Zealand
Location Tararua Ranges, east of Palmerston North
Coordinates 40°20′46″S 175°46′48″E / 40.34611°S 175.78000°E / -40.34611; 175.78000Coordinates: 40°20′46″S 175°46′48″E / 40.34611°S 175.78000°E / -40.34611; 175.78000
Status Operational
Commission date 1999 (stage 1)
2004 (stage 2)
2007 (stage 3)
Owner(s) Tilt Renewables

The Tararua Wind Farm is a wind farm owned and operated by Tilt Renewables. It is located on 700ha of farm land on the Tararua Ranges of New Zealand. It has become New Zealand's largest capacity wind farm, with a total capacity of 161MW.

The wind farm was first commissioned in 1999 and has been upgraded twice since. The most recent addition was commissioned in September 2007.

The wind farm consists of 134 turbines of two different types:

  • 103 Vestas V47 turbines, each rated at 660 kW, with three 23.5m long blades. Each turbine is mounted on a 40m high steel lattice tower.
  • 31 Vestas V90-3MW turbines, each rated at 3MW with three 45m long blades.
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