Ōtaki College is exploring the possibility of wood pellet gasification to feed its existing school boiler used for heating.
A 10.4kW solar system was installed in 2015 and has provided $11,000 worth of scholarships.
In 2017/18 Energise Ōtaki facilitated the redeployment of some of the thermal solar panels previously used at the Ōtaki Swimming Pool to the Ōtaki College swimming pool.
Funding from the MBIE programme Curious Minds which encourages students to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects helped establish various projects.
Between 2016 and 2019 a woodlot containing approx. 1200 willow and poplar trees was established at the far end of the College grounds. This was used to teach students about wood as an energy source.
Energise Ōtaki secured funding to build Sunrayker machines for the College to use as teaching tools. Each can trap up to 395°C from the sun, which students learn how to track, harness and store.