Project Solar is an umbrella project being developed by the College in partnership with Energise Otaki and clean technology businesses. It has three parts:
- installation of a photovoltaic (PV) array to provide energy to the college (2014/15).
- a teaching programme with Year 9 students focusing on identifying energy use (electricity) and developing a energy conservation programme for the college. This will be done in conjunction with the PV installation project (2014)
- students working with clean technology businesses at the Clean Technology Centre to explore: PV experimentation project (tracking and thermal) (2015);
WWF- New Zealand has awarded $6,700 for the energy conservation science programme at Otaki College. The programme will proceed alongside the photovoltaic installation project.
- Stage 1 of the solar array has been installed at the College (10.4KW) The system is owned by the XOtaki Collge Trust and the power generated will be sold to the College. The revenue received from the College by the Trust will be used for student scholarships and projects.