Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Gisborne Airport Proposed Site For Tairāwhiti’s First Solar Plant

Tairāwhiti’s first solar power plant is one step closer, with an application for resource consent lodged with Gisborne District Council this week after 12 months of development work.

Gisborne Airport is the proposed location for the 5MW plant, which is being developed by Eastland Group in partnership with Infratec NZ Limited.

Significant industrial investment into Tairāwhiti, such as wood processing, the growth in new homes and businesses, and the forecast uptake in electric vehicles, are all predicted to place added demands on the local power supply.

“This is part of Eastland Group’s long-term plan to bring greater energy capacity and resilience to Tairāwhiti, and help meet the increasing demand for power in a sustainable way,” said Chief Operating Officer Energy Alice Pettigrew.

“It will also help grow in-region capability and expertise in solar.”

”Infratec are excited to work with Eastland Group to help deliver this first-of-a-kind project to the Tairāwhiti region,” said Nick Bibby, General Manager – Business Development at Infratec.

“Infratec is focused on helping decarbonise the New Zealand energy system and this project, enabled by forward thinking Eastland Group, will play a part.”

The resource consent outlines a plan to build an approx. 5MW solar power plant consisting of up to 8,000 solar panels and covering 6.3 hectares. This will generate enough renewable electricity each year to power the equivalent of 1,100 typical local homes.

The airport site was chosen because of its close proximity to the electricity network and the availability of unused land with limited development opportunities.

A full range of geotechnical, flood, aeronautical and environmental studies have been undertaken to ensure the project is sized and orientated in an optimal configuration for its surroundings.

“The resulting system size of 5MW is deemed ideal for this project. There is likely to be some refinement after the resource consent stage, and as we progress towards a final investment decision,” said Eastland Group General Manager Energy Solutions, Steven Follows, who is leading the project.

Eastland Group have been consulting with Ngai Tāwhiri, who hold mana whenua over the area, airport tenants and airlines, and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

“We believe this project will have positive environmental outcomes in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of electricity and rehabilitating the water quality of the Waikanae Stream,” said Ngai Tāwhiri working group representative Thelma Karaitiana.

“This is consistent with the enactment of Kaitiakitanga by Ngai Tāwhiri as we strive to enhance the environmental outcomes of the rohe.”

 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Foodstuffs: New World & Four Square Trial NZ’s First Grocery Delivery Offer With Uber Eats

New World & Four Square have partnered with Uber Eats to unlock the first grocery offering available on the platform in Aotearoa. For New World and Four Square it’s yet another way to put New Zealanders first, particularly with those inevitable last-minute grocery needs... More>>

Digitl: Download 2.0 – Vodafone Wi-Fi Calling hits early milestone
Vodafone says it has 10,000 customers using its Wi-Fi Calling service. It took less than three months to reach that milestone; the service began operating in September... More>>

Energy Resources Aotearoa: New Law On Decommissioning Could Be Costly Overkill
A new law on decommissioning oil and gas fields passed by Parliament today has good intentions but is overkill, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa. "We strongly support operators taking responsibility and paying the costs for decommissioning, which is what all good operators do," says chief executive John Carnegie... More>>



ABC Business Sales: Demand High For Covid-proof Businesses
Despite the continuing challenges facing businesses in this Covid environment, right now there are more buyers looking for a small-medium sized business than there are sellers in the market... More>>


PriceSpy: Producer Prices Increase
New Black Friday and Covid-19 Report* released by PriceSpy says people’s fear of stepping inside physical shops during big sales events like Black Friday has risen since last year; Kiwis are still planning to shop, but more than ever will do it online this year... More>>

NZ Skeptics Society: Announce Their 2021 Awards, And Dr Simon Thornley Wins The Bent Spoon

Every year the New Zealand Skeptics presents its awards to people and organisations who have impressed us or dismayed us, and this year it’s been hard to pick our winners because there have been so many choices!.. More>>



REINZ: Sales Volumes Leveling Out

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows there were 44 fewer lifestyle property sales (-2.6%) for the three months ended October 2021 than for the three months ended September 2021... More>>