Northpower is building its first solar farm in Ruawai as a step towards investing in renewable energy to 'bring power home'.
The solar farm will power 3,000 Northland homes and help to improve the region’s energy supply and resilience. Currently, most of Northland’s power is generated by hydroelectric power in the South Island.
The Ruawai farm, one hour southwest of Whangārei, is the ideal location for grid-scale solar generation as it is close to Northpower’s existing infrastructure and has the right topography and climate. Construction will begin in January 2024 and is due for completion in December 2024. The 20 hectare solar farm in Ruawai will generate 28GWh (28,000 gigawatt hours) of power.
It is the first stage in Northpower’s plans to construct up to 100MW of solar power over the next ten years, enough to power 25,000 Northland homes.
Northpower’s investment in renewable energy will give Northpower customers a stake in generation ownership and also support decarbonisation to help mitigate climate change.
We believe that solar generation is a wise investment in our region's energy future.
Our region largely relies on hydro power generated in the South Island. Using Northland’s sun and the latest technology to generate electricity we can:
It’s also the right time – our community will be one of the first to own renewable energy generation in Northland.
It’s putting sustainability at the very heart of what we do and maximises our impact and contribution.
By taking this first step in Ruawai, we’ll be building and running grid-scale solar generation from within the community, for the community.
We are reaching out to local businesses to be involved in the project and intend to source services locally as much as possible.
We'll be updating this page as the project proceeds, but in the meantime if you have any specific questions, please contact:
Andrea Greenhalgh (Group Manager Strategy and Renewables) email@example.com
Deb Gilchrist-Geyser (Stakeholder, Compliance and Sustainability Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org