Green light for bigger Brooklyn wind turbine

DAVE BURGESS
Last updated 05:00 31/07/2014

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The 45-metre-tall Brooklyn Wind Turbine in Wellington is being replaced with a new version that will tower 77m into the sky.

Meridian Energy has been granted resource consent to replace the existing 21-year-old turbine, which has reached the end of its practical operating life.

Construction is planned for next year and will take about 10 weeks, at a cost of $2.5 million to $3m.

A resource consent hearing was held in May, and resource consent for a new turbine was approved late last month.

Meridian general manager of external relations Guy Waipara says getting resource consent was good news.

"The current turbine has become iconic.

"It is part of the cityscape and is valued by the local community and the wider Wellington region." He said the importance of the turbine was highlighted in 2009 when it was out of service because of mechanical issues.

Brooklyn Residents Association chairman Simon McLellan said better use of ridgelines could be made, but in general the community was supportive that Meridian would replace the old turbine.

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- The Dominion Post

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