Brooklyn Wind Turbine - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This panorama shows the wind turbine at the top of Brooklyn Hill. The picture was taken standing in the exhibition area that explains the principle and potential of wind power to generate electricity. Given that one of the nicknames for Wellington has been 'Windy City', wind power looks like it should have a place in future electricity generation plans.
Brooklyn Wind Turbine - FURTHER INFORMATION
Brooklyn Wind Turbine - Wellington visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Brooklyn Wind Turbine' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wellington Region.
New Zealand prides itself in being nuclear free, and continues to explore power generation schemes that help it remain so. Wind generation is one such idea, and on Brooklyn Hill in Wellington is a solitary wind turbine generator set up to showcase the technology. The turbine stands overlooking the city and the harbour and thus also forms a good vantage point with panoramic views over the city. This hill is not visited by many tourists, but is popular with cyclists who speed back down to the city on off-road tracks.
The wind turbine was installed here on Pol Hill by the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand in 1993. It stands 299 meters above sea level and is now the oldest wind turbine in New Zealand. The Pol Hill turbine is 31.5m high with 13.5m long blades. It generates about 1GWh, enough to power between 60 and 80 homes.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
The wind turbine is down a narrow lane which comes off Ashton Fitchett Drive in Brooklyn, Wellington.