At a Glance
Up to 240 MW
Up to approximately 840 GWh
The proposed Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm is located across 2,568 hectares (ha) of farmland, around 15 kilometres (km) south east of Gore. The site is very well suited to a development of this nature with an excellent wind resource.
Resource Consents were granted to Trustpower by the Gore District Council and Southland Regional Council. These consents allow for a maximum of 83 wind turbines, with a peak turbine height of 145 metres (m) from the ground to the tip of the blade.
Potential transmission connection options are still being evaluated. The options include either a connection at 33 kV to the local distribution network; or a new substation and 4km 220 kV transmission line, which will connect to the national grid via the existing North Makarewa to Three Mile Hill line.
We are continuing wind monitoring and assessment of design options for the site. We’ll likely develop the wind farm in stages, and the size and timing of stage one is dependent on market conditions.