While I greatly applaud wind energy (coming from the flat windy low-lands of Holland) in local sustainable wind farms that accommodate small communities and don’t affect the environment to the point of destruction, I fail to see why these monstrosities have to do with a sustainable society. They don’t replace dirtier forms of energy, they make life for tens of thousands who have to live around these industrial plants miserable. They destroy ecosystems and farmland and their communities perhaps not with chemicals but with noise, movement and the sheer size of the mills to support an unsustainable growth in the face of perhaps the worst economical collapse the world has ever seen in the near future, only to profit corporations AGAIN. This, my friends has nothing to do with sustainable energy, but everything to do with the need for ever expanding corporate activity. Watch the video “Money is debt” and you realise that they have to because if they don’t there is nothing left.
Contact Energy’s proposed giant wind farm south of Port Waikato, with 218 turbines standing 150m high, could be among the biggest in the world.
The project will cost up to $2 billion and have the potential to produce up to 650MW, enough to power about 250,000 homes.
The world’s largest wind farm, Horse Hollow in the Texas panhandle, generates 735MW, although plans for a 1000MW farm in Australia were recently announced.
The Port Waikato turbines would cover an area of 320sq km, 35sq km bigger than Great Barrier Island.
Spokesman Jonathan Hill said it was hoped construction of the wind farm – which will be known as Hauauru ma raki, meaning northwest wind – would be well under way by 2010 and completed by 2014.