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Harmony syncs with First Renewables on 150 MW NZ solar farm

Renewable energy infrastructure developer Harmony Energy will team with New Zealand clean energy aspirant First Renewables to build what is expected to be the largest solar farm in the country when it is commissioned in 2026.

NZ developer gets go-ahead for three new solar farms

New Zealand renewables developer Lodestone Energy has received planning consent for three new large-scale solar farms on the country’s South Island as it continues the roll out of a PV strategy that it expects will deliver more than 500 GWh in solar generation.

Genesis, FRV Australia press go on New Zealand solar farm

Early works have commenced on the largest solar farm to reach financial close in New Zealand with Genesis Energy and renewables partner FRV Australia confirming they have finalised the financing for the 47 MW Lauriston Solar Farm.

Fonterra reveals high-temp industrial heat pump

New Zealand-based dairy producer Fonterra has started operating a new heat pump in combination with a solar thermal facility. The hybrid project transforms excess heat from chillers and compressors into a heat source for industrial use.

PEP invests $250 million in electric vehicle charging

Electric vehicle charging in Australia and New Zealand has been given a boost with fund manager Pacific Equity Partners acquiring a majority stake in Australian electric vehicle charging solutions provider EVSE to the tune of $250 million (USD 167 million). The partnership also involves PEP-backed smart metering specialist Intellihub.

Air New Zealand to deliver mail in electric plane

Air New Zealand has ordered an electric five-seat plane to initially use for cargo-only services, with the intention of offering passenger services in future. The company has options to buy two more of the electric planes, with rights reserved on a further 20.

BP to take full control of Lightsource BP

Energy giant BP announced today it would take full ownership of solar and wind energy developer Lightsource BP once a deal – pertaining to the purchase of the remaining renewables company’s shares BP does not own – goes through next year.

New Zealand’s largest utility-scale solar project starts generating power

Lodestone Energy has started generating electricity at its solar farm in Kaitaia, New Zealand’s largest solar farm and first utility scale solar installation to date.

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Lodestone links with UK companies to progress NZ solar strategy

With five solar farms already under construction, New Zealand renewables developer Lodestone Energy has teamed with a trio of British-based companies to develop another nine PV projects that are expected to deliver more than 500 GWh in additional solar generation.

Platform helping developers see constraints on the grid among startup accelerator’s 2023 cohort

Startup accelerator EnergyLab is showcasing its 2023 cohort of promising climate tech startups this morning. Ahead of the launch, pv magazine Australia caught up with participants Energy Synapse and PowerPlay.

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