West Wind is a 142.6MW onshore wind power project. It is located in Wellington, New Zealand. The project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. The project construction commenced in 2007 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in April 2009.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Onshore 142.6 142.6 Active Wellington, New Zealand Meridian Energy


The project is developed and owned by Meridian Energy.

The project supplies enough clean energy to power 73,000 households.

Development Status

The project is currently active. The project construction commenced in 2007 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in April 2009.

Contractors Involved

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy was selected as the turbine supplier for the wind power project. The project consists of 62 units of SWT-2.3-82 VS turbines, each with 2.3MW nameplate capacity.

About Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy Ltd (Meridian Energy) is a state-owned energy utility that generates, trades and retails electricity. It utilizes renewable energy sources such as wind and water for generation of electricity. It also procures electricity from the wholesale electricity market. The company supplies electricity to homes, businesses and farms in New Zealand. It also supplies electricity to residential and commercial customers in Australia through its subsidiary Powershop Australia Pty Limited. Meridian Energy operates hydropower plants on the Waitaki River and Manapouri Lake in New Zealand and operates wind power plants in New Zealand and Australia. The company has presence in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Meridian Energy is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand.


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