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Clarus is committed to pursuing clean energy solutions to help New Zealand reach net zero carbon by 2050. This hub provides information, updates and our latest developments as we look to the future of renewable gas.

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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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    • Biogas
    • Blog

    Biogas upgrade facility is taking shape

    Clarus company, First Renewables is currently building a state-of-the-art facility to upgrade Ecogas’ biogas into renewable gas

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    • Blog

    Renewable Gas Roundup 2023

    This has been a banner year for renewable energy across the globe and in New Zealand – here are some of the big wins throughout the year in the green energy sector:

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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 help fight climate change. 

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    • Blog

    Mokau compressor station upgrade achieves major milestone

    The Mokau Compressor Station upgrade has reached a milestone, with the safe re-installation of the unit one gas cooler. 19 tonne cooler lowers the temperature of the gas so that its cool enough to send north in the pipeline.

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    • Biogas
    • Blog

    Suzuki to open four biogas plants in India

    Auto manufacturer Suzuki plans to build four biogas refineries in India, which will begin operating in 2025. The biogas plants will turn cattle manure into biomethane, and that methane will be used to power vehicles that are currently fuelled by compressed natural gas.

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    • Blog

    First grid injection of biomethane in Ireland

    Ireland’s first ever direct-to-grid injection of biomethane into the Northern Ireland gas grid at Dungannon stands as a ground-breaking milestone for the decarbonisation of energy. 

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    • Ara Ake
    • Paul Goodeve
    • Appointment

    Ara Ake Board appoints Clarus CE, Paul Goodeve

    Ara Ake Board appoints Clarus CE, Paul Goodeve. Paul Goodeve, a Chartered Accountant, Barrister, Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and a member of the Institute of Directors, is currently CEO of Clarus (formally Firstgas Group). He has an extensive background in people leadership, expertise in regulated and non-regulated transmission and distribution energy infrastructure, and leadership in renewable energy developments.

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    • Media releases

    Firstgas Group looks to the future with change of name to Clarus

    Firstgas Group announced today that it is changing its name to Clarus, meaning clear and bright. Paul Goodeve, Clarus CE (formally Firstgas Group) said, “The change to Clarus marks a new and exciting phase for our group of companies, as we look to the future of energy.

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    • Hydrogen blending
    • Blog

    German ‘hydrogen island’ reaches 30% green blending target

    A gas blending trial in Germany is on track to reach a 30% hydrogen injection rate, cutting carbon emissions for 30 local homeowners. The blended gas is being delivered to an area in a town of standalone family homes, known as the Oehringen ‘hydrogen island’.

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    • Green Hydrogen
    • Blog

    Green hydrogen: cheaper than fossil fuel hydrogen by 2030

    Renewable green hydrogen is on track to be less expensive than fossil fuel generated hydrogen by 2030, according to a new Bloomberg report. This is great news for decarbonising the economy both globally and here in New Zealand.

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    • Hydrogen blending
    • Blog

    Hydrogen blending gains momentum

    Renewable green hydrogen with zero emissions is set to change the way we use gas.

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    • Green Hydrogen
    • Blog

    How New Zealand could become a green energy world leader

    As we head towards decarbonising our energy supply, New Zealand is investing heavily in generating more renewable energy. Luckily, here in Aotearoa we have the potential to produce as much energy as we consume.

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    • Hydrogen blending
    • Blog

    The future of gas is changing, and we’re right behind it

    Clarus are the energy experts. As a leader in New Zealand’s energy sector, Clarus has the future of gas in our sights while at the same time making sure our customers are delivered natural gas and LPG safely and reliably, right now.

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    • Hydrogen Storage

    Underground Hydrogen storage

    New Zealand has set a target of net zero emissions by 2050 – but what will that future look like?

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    • Media releases

    NZ’s first biogas to pipeline project on track

    First Renewables (a Firstgas Group company) and Ecogas recently announced the next phase of their partnership that will realise the first large-scale renewable gas to pipeline project in New Zealand.

  • Team and Zevac
    • Blog

    ZEVAC technology reducing Firstgas' carbon footprint

    As part of Firstgas’ ongoing work to reduce our carbon emissions, we’re looking at everything we can do to eliminate, and where that’s currently not possible, to minimise our emissions. We have several initiatives underway that will reduce our emissions intensity over the next 2-3 years which will make significant inroads to reducing our carbon footprint. One of these initiatives is the Gas Transmission team’s acquisition of a ZEVAC Compressor in early 2023.