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Te Uku is a 28-turbine wind farm located in Waikato, New Zealand. The wind farm can generate up to 64.4 megawatts of renewable energy.

Te Uku wind farm generates enough electricity each year for about 28,000 average New Zealand homes. Te Uku is the fourth wind farm Meridian has built in New Zealand.

Why build a wind farm here?

The Te Uku wind farm is located on a working sheep and cattle farm in the Waikato on the Wharauroa Plateau. The area has strong and consistent wind speeds, making it an ideal place for a wind farm.

The terrain in some parts of the site reaches heights of over 400 metres above sea level. The wind speed increases as it travels up the land forms.

Meridian built 26 kilometres of roads to transport the turbine parts to the wind farm.

The turbines were manufactured at two sites. The towers were built in Korea and the turbine parts in Denmark.

A 600 tonne crane was used to construct the turbines. The crane was shipped to New Zealand from Denmark by the KR Wind/NZ Crane Group Alliance especially for Te Uku.

Key dates

  • 2009 - Construction begins
  • 2010 - Te Uku fully operational

More information

Discover Te Uku (PDF 822KB)

Did you know? 
40,000 native plants were planted in two wetland areas on the Te Uku wind farm site to help improve water quality downstream.

 

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