City Council powered by Windflow 500
3 July 2003
The Windflow 500 wind turbine being launched at Gebbies Pass by Windflow
Technology Ltd on 9 July will effectively power the Christchurch
City Council Civic Offices for 10 years, says the Mayor of Christchurch
Mr Moore said yesterday that the recent energy crisis had shown
a clear need to look for sustainable alternative energy sources.
The City Council had shown foresight in backing the Windflow 500
project to ensure its development as a source of energy for the
city. A contract signed in May 2001 committed the Council to buy
100 per cent of the energy from Windflow Technology ’s first wind turbine, he said.
Windflow Technology is a Christchurch company run by professional
engineer Geoff Henderson, who has been involved with wind power
for 20 years. The Windflow 500 design leads the way globally on
and structural excellence.
Signing the contract was in line with the Council’s sustainability
policy which seeks to reduce energy consumption while seeking sustainable
energy sources with minimum impact on the environment.
The wind turbine’s annual output represents about 3.3 per cent of
the electricity that the Council buys for its own operations, about the
same as that used to power the Civic Offices.
Many wind turbines are in use around the world and in three areas
in the lower North Island. It is the fastest growing form of
electricity generation world-wide and a major export earner for Denmark
Top of Page ~ Media Release index