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About the Brooklyn wind turbine

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.

Did you know?

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.

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Brooklyn wind turbine

Latest developments

The Brooklyn turbine is soon to be replaced. The new turbine will be able to generate approximately four times more energy.

Read more about Brooklyn wind turbine replacement

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.

Why build a wind turbine here?

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.

Key dates

  • 1993Mar.
    Electricity Corporation of New Zealand installs the Brooklyn wind turbine
  • 1999Mar.
    Meridian inherits ownership and maintenance of the Brooklyn wind turbine
  • 2010
    • The Brooklyn wind turbine is out of action for several months due to mechanical issues
    • Meridian runs a public awareness campaign asking Wellingtonians whether they want to repair, replace or get rid of the Brooklyn turbine
    • A Dominion Post reader survey shows 85% want to repair or replace it.
    • Meridian repairs the Brooklyn wind turbine
  • 2012
    • Wellington City Council extends the land lease consents for the Brooklyn turbine
    • As the turbine approaches the end of its design and economic life, Meridian decides to investigate replacing it
  • 2013
    Meridian applies for resource consent for a replacement turbine at Brooklyn
  • 2014
    Resource consent granted for a replacement turbine

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