Genesis Energy is well on track to be able to build a large wind farm in nothern Wairarapa farmland.
With a potential to generate around 80% of that of the Waikato River system, at 850 MW it is big.
Of course there is the inevitable action group opposing it but we are talking one of the most sparsley settled areas of the Nation other than the SI High country and Fiordland so that is not likely to succeed.
New Zealand is unique in that we are developing renewable wind energy without government subsidy and it is still growing. Situated in the roaring 40s wind flows that are not often becalmed and in conjunction with existing hydro production and an apparent unlikely possibility for any serious growth in that option, this development is a step in the next expansion phase.
Settlements such as Alfredton pop say 10, Ihuraua maybe another 10, Tinui at 25 and Pongaroa another 100 plus the mostly larger farms will be right among the soaring towers , whooping blades and it will annoy many but sadly progress always has a cost and unlike Hydro there is no accompanying body of recreational water, thats tough. There will be roading to tower sites and that will be about all.
At least it is in the Island that has the greatest growh in projected consumption.