Solar Farm Project

Overview


Hawkes Bay Airport and Centralines 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

Joint venture signed between Hawke’s Bay Airport & Centralines

May 2020

Expressions of Interest for technical partner called for

June 2020

Technical Partner appointed – Vector Powermart

September 2020

Feasibility Study

September 2020 – February 2021

Consultation and resource consent process

Early 2021 – mid 2021

Construction

Late 2021

Operation

2022

Solar Farm Project News

Hawke’s Bay Airport solar farm technical experts confirmed

12 Oct 2020

Leading renewable energy provider Vector Powersmart has been confirmed as the technical partner for the next stage Hawke’s Bay Airport’s ambitious 10MW commercial solar farm project.

Hawke’s Bay Airport and Centralines Sign JV Agreement to Advance Solar Project

4 Jun 2020

In a move that further advances its aspiration to be New Zealand’s first carbon neutral airport, Hawke’s Bay Airport has entered into a Joint Venture agreement with Waipukurau based lines company Centralines to explore the potential for a commercial solar farm on-Airport.


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