26 Feb 2007
Fourteen thousand tonnes of CO2 emissions will be offset as from today thanks to a new source of electricity for 2,700 Kiwi homes.
The new electricity source comes from the first two of 31 new 3MW turbines being commissioned as part of TrustPower's $185 million Tararua Wind Farm expansion.
Each of the new turbines will displace the equivalent of 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year, helping New Zealand meets its Kyoto climate change obligations and powering New Zealand another step down the road to sustainability.
The remaining 29 new turbines will be commissioned progressively over the next four months, with the entire expansion powering an additional 42,000 homes and offsetting 217,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year as from July.
TrustPower Chief Executive Keith Tempest says the Tararua wind farm expansion is a great example of how wind farms can be a win-win-win for New Zealand, the environment, and the local community.
"In addition its contribution to New Zealand electricity supply and sustainability targets, this project will during its 18-month construction period have some $50 million in wages and other costs directly into the local community."
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