Submissions open for proposed wind farm
Kaimai Windfarm Ltd’s proposed wind farm project is now open for community feedback via written submissions from Wednesday 28 November 2018. Submissions close at 4.30pm on Thursday 31 January 2019.
Kaimai Windfarm Ltd lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council in July this year to establish and operate a wind farm. The proposed farm would have the capacity to provide an estimated 400GWH of power per annum to the national grid.
The applications, which are being processed jointly by the two councils, cover the proposed construction of 24 large scale wind turbines over 1304 hectares near Rotokohu Road on the northwestern area of the Kaimai Ranges, south of Paeroa. Seven of the proposed turbines would be 180 metres high (to blade tip standing upright) and 17 of them would be 207 metres high. Other proposed structures include a substation, two lattice transmission towers, two overhead power lines, and 18km of on-site roading. An on-site quarry to supply material for the roads is also proposed. The applications also cover the removal of vegetation and earthworks associated with the construction phase of the project.
Copies of the application documents and all supporting technical information are available on the Councils’ websites, and hard copies are available for viewing at council offices and libraries, including the Matamata-Piako District office in Te Aroha.
Online submissions can be made via the Councils’ websites. Submission forms can also be downloaded from the Hauraki District Council website or picked up from the Paeroa, Waihi and Ngatea council offices.
It’s expected a hearing will be scheduled before the middle of 2019.