Story: Wind and solar power

Wind farms (1st of 2)

Wind farms

New Zealand’s first commercial wind farm was commissioned in 1996 in the Wairarapa. Each of the seven wind turbines has three 20-metre blades. Here, two blades are being lifted onto the 44-metre tower at the Haunui site.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Energy-Wind Power-02
Photograph by Barry Durrant

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Veronika Meduna, 'Wind and solar power - Wind energy in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Veronika Meduna, published 12 Jun 2006