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Harmony Energy and First Renewables announce joint venture for the development of New Zealand's largest Solar farm

Global renewable energy infrastructure developer, Harmony Energy Limited has entered a joint venture with First Renewables Limited, part of New Zealand energy group Clarus (formerly Firstgas Group), to develop and own Tauhei Solar Farm. At the time of commissioning in 2026, it is expected to be New Zealand’s largest solar farm at 150 MWac, constructed on 182 hectares near Te Aroha in the North Island. 

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    • Media releases

    Urenui and Firstgas to host historic Yarrows Taranaki Bulls preseason match

    Urenui is set to host a blockbuster Yarrows Taranaki Bulls Bunnings NPC preseason match in partnership with energy company Firstgas.

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    • hydrogen
    • Blog

    Tackling industrial emissions with hydrogen

    Tackling New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions is a team effort – everyone has a part to play. Households, businesses and government must find ways to reduce emissions so we can reach net zero carbon by 2050.  

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    • Blog

    Hiringa’s first hydrogen refuelling station opens

    Kiwi company Hiringa has opened the first hydrogen refuelling station in New Zealand – the start of an Australasian-first hydrogen network. Located in Wiri, South Auckland, the hydrogen station is one of three Auckland sites now operational, with another 21 sites in development across Aotearoa.

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    • Renewable Energy
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    Renewables round-up: May 2024

    What’s been happening in the world of renewable energy? We check out exciting news and developments from across the globe, as we work hard to fight climate change and create a low-emissions future for our world. 

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    • Natural gas
    • Media releases

    Opinion piece: Gas is here to stay

    It’s a confusing time for energy consumers, especially those using gas. We are told on the one hand that our country needs to go 100% electric and that our gas supplies are dwindling. Yet gas remains critical to supporting our country’s variable renewable electricity generation sources – a point that was made crystal clear with the threat of power shortages on the coldest day of the year so far.

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    Wellington Airport trialling green hydrogen to power service vehicles

    Wellington Airport, Hiringa Energy, Air New Zealand and Toyota New Zealand have worked together to conduct a trial at the Wellington airport to test how viable green hydrogen could be to power service vehicles on the ground.

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    • Solar
    • Media releases

    Just how big will the Tauhei Solar Farm be?

    This year, construction is expected to start on the Tauhei Solar Farm, a joint venture between First Renewables (a Clarus company) and Harmony Energy. Located in Te Aroha, the Tauhei Solar Farm at the time of commissioning, is anticipated to be New Zealand’s largest solar farm at 200 megawatts.

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    • hydrogen
    • Blog

    Australia’s game-changing hydrogen home leads the way

    Could your home run on green hydrogen in the future? The HyHome in Australia is demonstrating exactly how well hydrogen could work as the energy source for home heating, cooking, and hot water.

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    Mokau abuzz hosting the Firstgas Bone Carving Symposium

    This Easter, Mokau was abuzz as the largest gathering of bone carvers in the country came together for the Firstgas Bone Carving Symposium 2024.

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    New study says the development of an offshore wind energy industry in Aotearoa will play a critical role in helping the country decarbonise.

    The study examined the economic, social, and environmental impacts of a national offshore wind energy industry.

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    Tim Lepper: Delivering a NZ first biogas upgrade project

    Clarus company, First Renewables is close to completing work on an exciting New Zealand-first renewable gas project that will turn food scraps into biomethane.

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    • Renewable Energy
    • Blog

    Renewables round-up

    What’s been happening in the world of renewable energy? We check out exciting news and developments from across the globe.

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    • hydrogen
    • Blog

    NZ aviation gears up for hydrogen flights

    Could Kiwi travellers one day be jetting around the country in planes fuelled by green hydrogen? That’s the plan, according to the New Zealand Hydrogen Aviation Consortium, a group of forward-thinking aviation industry businesses formed in late 2023.

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    • Solar
    • Blog

    Why we’re excited about solar energy

    First Renewables, a Clarus company and Harmony Energy announced early in 2024 that they will develop and own Tauhei Solar Farm. At the time of commissioning in 2026, it is expected to be New Zealand’s largest solar generation site.

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    A green hydrogen path to clean energy for Australia

    Safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable – that’s the dream for renewable energy. Green hydrogen can help to deliver that dream for Australia, according to new research by the Australian Hydrogen Centre.

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    • Natural gas
    • Blog

    The many benefits of natural gas

    New Zealand has been producing natural gas in Taranaki since 1959, when our largely rural nation had a population of just 2.5 million. Now our population has doubled, our industries have expanded, and our energy use has skyrocketed, and natural gas has been a cornerstone of our energy supply.