Hello Brooklyn Wind Turbine

Wellingtonians will see a new Brooklyn wind turbine gracing the city’s skyline later this week.

The installation of the new Enercon E44 turbine will start on Tuesday 5 April and is expected to be finished by Friday 8 April with commissioning the following week.

Meridian’s GM External Relations Guy Waipara says the turbine’s components arrived at CentrePort from Germany last month and will be taken to site on Tuesday. “This will involve the delivery of four over-sized truckloads of turbine components with a contingency day of Wednesday 6 April just in case we don’t get all the large loads up in one day.”

The trucks will travel up to site via Ohiro Road, Todman, Mitchell and Karepa streets and Ashton Fitchett Drive between 6am and 8pm on Tuesday and on Wednesday from 6.30am if required.

To ensure there is enough room for the trucks to travel up to the turbine site some approved parking restrictions will be in place and car parks at the bottom of Todman Street near the shops will not be available.

Guy says during the delivery of the turbine components the road to the turbine site, off Ashton Fitchett Drive, will be closed. There may also be restrictions on the surrounding recreation tracks this week while we install the turbine, but all other roads will remain open.

“We are working really hard to minimise disruption to the public and can’t wait to get the turbine up and running,” he says. “The original turbine was a city icon, part of the cityscape and valued by the local community and wider Wellington region. So we’re excited to be retaining such an important Wellington landmark and continuing to celebrate the benefits of windy Wellington.”

The original 22 year old turbine was removed in December and sold to Energy 3, a supplier and installer of turbines for smaller commercial wind farms.

It produced about 870 megawatt hours a year, enough to power 110 average homes. The new turbine will generate around 3,900 megawatt hours a year – enough to power around 490 homes.

The budget to replace the turbine is $2.9m.

The Enercon E44’s weights and dimensions are:

Tower hub height

Top section

Base section

Blade length

Resulting tip height

44m

22m

(15 tonnes)

21.95m 

(32 tonnes)

20.8m

67m

Note: Any updates to information about the installation of the Brooklyn turbine will be posted on the Meridian website https://www.meridianenergy.co.nz/about-us/our-power-stations/wind/brooklyn or feel free to contact us at community@meridianenergy.co.nz or 0800 500 305 (Meridian wind farm information line).