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 Benefits

Benefits

Community and environmental benefits

The wind farm will be an asset to the region in more ways than one. Part of this project includes creating 127 hectares of protected land, including predator free areas of native shrub and forest. Around $6m will be invested in protecting and enhancing this habitat over the life of the wind farm for future generations to enjoy.

An extension of the existing Mt Cass walkway will also be included, adding a great leisure resource and visitor attraction.

As a consumer-owned enterprise, our consumers are our shareholders. This project will offer them good returns for generations to come.

Overall, the project will add greater resilience to the South Island’s electricity supply and is a also a positive step towards achieving the government’s goals for renewable energy.

Economic benefits

  • An estimated $60m of direct local investment during the construction phase alone.
  • It is estimated for every dollar spent on the project, the economy will receive approximately $2 to $3 of additional benefit.
  • It is estimated that around 100 jobs will be created relating to the construction phase.
  • This project could provide future tourism opportunities for North Canterbury.
  • By selecting GE, more competition is being introduced to the wind turbine market in New Zealand.
  • We believe the success of this project will encourage more investment in wind energy in New Zealand.