Our 2019 AGM and subsequent meeting was a great opportunity to discuss what Energise Ōtaki and members have been able to accomplish in the last year.
Two community solar farms will generate over 160 kWp of electricity when the sun is shining. One will be at the waste water treatment plant, the other at Ōtaki College.
Income from the farms will be used to fund community energy projects in Ōtaki.
Ōtaki College is exploring the possibility of wood pellet gasification to feed its existing school boiler used for heating.
At least 11 tonnes of food is wasted in Ōtaki town every week. This amounts to about $500 per household being lost in a year, quite apart from the landfill emissions. A huge amount of energy used to process and transport this food is also wasted.