Solar Farm Project


Hawkes Bay Airport and Manawa Energy have entered into a joint venture agreement to confirm the viability of, and then establish and construct, a solar farm at Hawkes Bay Airport. The Project will be the first large scale solar PV installation located on “airside” land in New Zealand allowing Hawkes Bay Airport to be the first in New Zealand to be powered 100% by solar energy. It will also provide significant renewable energy to export back into the local network and supply other local homes and businesses.

Project Timeline

The following outines the Projects’ indicative timeline.

Hawke’s Bay Airport Sustainability Policy approved

October 2019

Airport Carbon Accredition – Level 1 achieved

January 2020

Preliminary investigations

November 2019 – February 2020

Expressions of Interest for technical partner called for

June 2020

Technical Partner appointed – Vector Powersmart

September 2020

Feasibility Study

September 2020 – mid 2021

Partnership announced with Manawa Energy


Community consultation and resource consent process

Late 2022 - mid 2023





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