Finding ways to produce new clean energy or reduce the environmental impacts of existing energy use is central to the Energise Otaki vision.
A primary focus is on initiatives which help people install clean energy systems in their home, business or community space.
The second and very important focus is on working with clean technology businesses located at the Otaki Clean Technology Centre and Park on new clean energy generation initiatives in partnership with the community.
The Clean Tech Tower in the Clean Technology Park, completed in 2013 has the full range of environmentally sustainable technologies.
Otaki College is exploring the possibility of wood pellet gasification to feed its existing school boiler used for heating.
Project Solar is an umbrella project being developed by the College in partnership with Energise Otaki and clean technology businesses.
Otaki swimming pool has the largest solar array in New Zealand. As at May 2014 it has recorded 205,000 kWh of energy production.
Otaki College and Blended Fuel Solutions have developed an Alternative Fuel Programme as part of the Year 12 Chemistry Accredited curriculum.
The Otaki College diesel vans and its lawnmower are now running on cleaner blended fuel. The local bus company also joined the blended fuel trial.
In 2011 the Council and Electra installed a 2.0 kilowatt-peak solar photovoltaic system on the Ōtaki Library and Memorial Hall as a demonstration project.
A fbattery-electric powered rubbish collection truck can now be found operating on Otaki’s streets.
As part of a wider Kapiti Coast District Council initiative, older Council mowers used in Otaki are now running on a cleaner, more efficient emulsion mix of diesel and water.