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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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    • 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.

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    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.

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    • Media releases

    Firstlight Network and Base Power install innovative off-grid solution

    Severe weather events, including the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle, saw the Firstlight Network team (formerly Eastland Network) work tirelessly throughout the summer of 2023. At the same time, the Network still had its planned programme of works to deliver, as they continued to maintain and improve energy resilience for their customers and communities throughout Tairāwhiti and Wairoa.

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    • Biogas

    Touring Australia’s renewable gas sites

    Once again, from the renewable gas space, we have a first-person account from James Irvine, GM of Future Fuels at Firstgas Group. James was fortunate to join the GasNZ & Bioenergy Australia tour of renewable gas projects, travelling across 5 Australian states in 5 days. He shares some of his insights about the projects he visited that spanned a variety of renewable technologies, scale and businesses.

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    • Sustainability

    Powering Change for the future of New Zealand

    As we’re seeing more frequently these days, climate change affects us all. Which makes it even more vital that we act now to transition to renewable energy sources.

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    • Biogas

    The future of bioLPG

    Liquified petroleum gas, or LPG, is used in thousands of homes and businesses across New Zealand and particularly in the South Island. Many homes use 45kg LPG bottles to fuel their gas fires and hot water cylinders – providing instant heat all year round- as well as 9kg bottles to fuel the barbie.

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    • Media releases

    Firstgas Group and Ecogas to turn kerbside food waste into renewable gas – a milestone for NZ’s circular economy

    Clarus (formally Firstgas Group) is building a state-of-the-art plant to upgrade Ecogas’ biogas into renewable gas to inject into the gas network – on track for deployment by Q2 2024.

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    • Biogas
    • Blog

    Big oil moves into biogas

    Big oil companies aren’t in the business of losing money. That’s why it’s fascinating to see Shell and BP investing billions of dollars into biogas, a renewable energy source that could eventually replace natural gas and help reduce global carbon emissions.

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    Ecogas Organics Processing Facility

    In October 2021, our Firstgas Group team attended Ecogas’ official opening of their new Organics Processing Facility in Reporoa, the first of its kind in New Zealand.

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    • Media releases

    Firstgas Group receives OIO approval for acquisition of Eastland Network

    Firstgas Group is pleased to confirm Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval for the acquisition of Eastland Network. The transaction will be completed on 31 March 2023.

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    • Green Hydrogen
    • Blog

    Chase Zero shows hydrogen’s massive marine potential

    Team New Zealand has developed a hydrogen-powered chase boat that is showing the world how powerful marine hydrogen can be. In 2021, the current America’s Cup holders were thinking about the team’s carbon footprint

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    • Blog

    Why Hydrogen is safe

    Hydrogen has been safely stored, transported and used across industries over many decades. Just like natural gas, LPG and petrol, hydrogen safety is about understanding how the gas behaves and how to handle it.