Siemens NYSE:à‚ SI is to build New Zealand‘s newest wind farm for Meridian Energy Ltd at Mill Creek
north of Wellington.The Mill Creek wind farm will comprise 26 2.3MW turbines able to provide the equivalent energy to power 30,000 average New Zealand households.
“Mill Creek will draw on exceptional wind speeds, similar to that experienced at West Wind which has a capacity factor of more than 46 per cent, well above the world’s average of 30 per cent,” said Siemens New Zealand CEO Paul Ravlich.
He says the site demanded a robust turbine. “Our turbines feature a 40-metre blade that is manufactured in one piece, so there are no weak points that could potentially expose the turbine to cracking, water ingress or lightning.”
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