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Another Wind Farm Online

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Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand is in a very windy region of the world, particularly around Cook Strait!

A $440 million wind farm with future capacity to power Wellington was connected to New Zealand’s electricity grid yesterday.

Twenty 111m-high turbines at Meridian’s West Wind project in the hills of Makara began spinning to generate enough energy for 17,000 homes.

By the end of this year it will use 62 turbines, which have 40m-long blades, to generate enough power for 70,000 homes – the whole of Wellington.

New Zealand is one of the hottest geo-thermal places on the planet and is prime for geo-thermal energy.

There is also a push going on about using the ocean currents and tides. They are still in the trial stages all over the world.

Solar is not an option in New Zealand as it has too much cloud cover but could be used as backups for individual homes.

Anyway, things are happening folks, can’t you just feel it in the wind??? All puns intended!

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  1. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    That’s great. We need more wind farms in the US. I heard there’s a perfect spot in the Atlantic but the people who live in the area don’t want to see the turbines out in the ocean as it ruins their view. To me, wind turbines are so fascinating I wouldn’t mind having one in my front yard.

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  2. Yanic A. Says:

    They have been testing windfarms in the eastern golf region of Quebec with great success. A lot of people had fought it because of how they “looked”… Funny, I think they are very graceful!

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  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … I know. I want one soo bad but the budget will not handle it right now.

    Hi Yanic … It took two years for the folks near the wind farm to approve it. Same argument. However, I think they are graceful as well.

  4. Scott Thurston Says:

    Yeah, Wellington! It is good to see something happening!

  5. IM Product Niches Says:

    I have heard that it is super windy there and this will help them out tremendously.

  6. Solo Ad Explosion Says:

    I love the all puns intended. LOL! Hooray for New Zealand.

  7. Lissof Says:

    Hi Linda,
    Although people do complain about the appearance of wind turbines or their effect on the environment, compared to a coal fired smokestack their beauty is very apparent even to the most casual observer.

    Lissof

  8. spygrrl Says:

    WOW. What an exciting time to be living! I agree with Lissof, “their beauty is very apparent even to the most casual observer.” What a wonderful way to put it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. whamx.com Says:

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  10. vein Says:

    I used to live in Wellington in site of a single large experimental wind turbine. I am thrilled to hear they fionally have something on a larger, more commercial scale.

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Scott … it is happening all over the world!

    Hi Im … It sure will!

    Hi Solo … thank you!

    Hi Lissof … yes, they have a calming effect when you see them in motion. Thank you!

    Hi spygirl … We are witnessing history and it is very exciting!

    Hi vein … It took them a couple of years to get it rolling . Now they are reaping the wind!

  12. LadyGrace Says:

    Oh wow! Thats great to know! Im excited to see how much is changing!!!

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  13. Lynn Says:

    I wish it was windy enough here for wind energy. It is great to read news like this, though.

  14. myblog Says:

    nice and good articles in here, im glad to be here and make a friends with u……ur blog is my favo in technorati

  15. Get Cash Back Says:

    Interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this being a mainstream resource for power in the very near future.

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  16. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Very great news. I agree with Lisof, I think they are a thing of beauty. If you have ever flown nearby a wind farm, it is amazing, and almost hypnotic. I hope this spurs the wind in our futures!

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  17. Heather in Beautiful BC Says:

    I really like the idea of wind farms. Good for New Zealand to be harnessing Mother Nature this way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Linda Says:

    Hi Lady Grace … It is exciting to see how many changes are taking place!

    Hi Lynn … I do not know where you are but maybe you could do solar panels.

    Hi Myblog … thank you and please visit again!

    Hi Cash … it will be a toss up between all of the options. Right now, wind power is making a big impact.

    Hi Barbara …. The wind turbines are enchanting to watch and there are more to come.

    Hi Heather … They have done a great job in getting their plans implemented. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. wilson Says:

    Rock on, Wellington! You’re the role model of the clean wind energy. It would be better, if this idea can be used in every metropolitan in the world, Linda!

  20. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … It would certainly be a site to see.

  21. ConnieFoggles Says:

    I saw that there’s a big demand for people to learn to build and take care of the wind turbines. If you’re not afraid of heights it’s a new, growing field with good pay.

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  22. Linda Says:

    Hi Connie … See, there is my problem! I am afraid of heights so I would not be able to handle it. LOL

  23. Diane Scott Says:

    I think this is wonderful, I just wish the U.S. would get off its collective backside and do something! It’s frustrating really to keep hoping and praying that we turn to natural sources and do it quickly. I think we take longer to get projects going then the time most of Europe has been in existence. So good for them, and grrrr to us!

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  24. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … I agree and there are many in the plans but none have started like we want them to!

  25. mani Says:

    Thats Very Good.

  26. Linda Says:

    Hi mani … thank you

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