Brooklyn wind turbine, New Zealand’s first viable commercial wind turbine, is located in Wellington, New Zealand.
Although the turbine is small by today’s standards, it has set international production records for its size.
Meridian owns and manages New Zealand's first commercial wind turbine in Brooklyn, Wellington.
The Electricity Corporation of New Zealand installed the Brooklyn wind turbine in March 1993. It was part of a research project to find out how wind turbines perform in New Zealand conditions.
The turbine is a popular Wellington landmark, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
Meridian inherited the single turbine when the company was formed in 1999.
In winds of between 50km/hour and 80km/hour, the turbine can generate up to 225kW of electricity.
The wind turbine generates enough electricity each year for about 80 average New Zealand homes.
Power generated by the turbine is fed into the local energy network for general distribution in Wellington.
The Brooklyn turbine is soon to be replaced. The new turbine will be able to generate approximately four times more energy.
In 2010 the turbine experienced mechanical issues which put it out of action for several months.
Meridian asked Wellingtonians whether they wanted to keep the Brooklyn turbine. The public started a “save the Brooklyn wind turbine” Facebook page and a Dominion Post reader survey showed 85% wanted to repair or replace it.
The Brooklyn site was chosen because of Wellington’s strong winds.
Its operation has provided valuable information in assessing the benefits of wind power generation in New Zealand.
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