Renewable Energy Generation
Finding ways to produce new clean energy or reduce the environmental impacts of existing energy use is central to the Energise Ōtaki vision.
A primary focus is on initiatives which help people install clean energy systems in their home, business or community space. The second focus is on working with Ōtaki clean technology businesses on new clean energy generation initiatives in partnership with the community.
A major catalyst for change will be when energy produced locally can be stored and distributed across the local network. This requires significant change at the macro-level and changing business models for how the local network is managed. A key to this will be the development of an on-going and positive relationship with Electra, the local network provider and retailer.
In the meantime, the focus is on developing initiatives which can be used to provide clean energy directly to users, and having revenue from these intiatives feed into our Community Investment Fund.
Current and Completed Projects
Energise Ōtaki’s Solar Farm
Energise Ōtaki has, with a generous funding of $407,000 from the Wellington Community Trust, set up two solar systems to generate power to go straight to users within the community; one at the Ōtaki Wastewater Treatment Plant and one at Ōtaki College. Revenue will go into our Community Investment Fund.
Renewable Energy Generation Posts
- This weekend, April 26th and 27th 2019, is Ōtaki College’s 60th Reunion Weekend (you can register here) and we thought it would be a good opportunity to share this cool video that was made a couple of years ago celebrating XŌtaki (the Ōtaki College Alumni), Ōtaki College, and Energise Ōtaki’s work together to relocate some ...Read more
- Otaki swimming pool has the largest solar array in New Zealand. As at May 2014 it has recorded 205,000 kWh of energy production.Read more
- Energise Ōtaki's Solar Farm was officially opened by Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Finance Minister Grant Robertson on 30 September 2020.Read more
- 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.Read more
- Finding ways to produce new clean energy or reduce the environmental impacts of existing energy use: initiatives which help people install clean energy systems and working with clean technology businesses in the community.Read more
- Nufuels Ltd. is an Ōtaki based renewable energy start-up company.Read more
- Ōtaki College is exploring the possibility of wood pellet gasification to feed its existing school boiler used for heating.Read more
- The developer of the Ōtaki Central Technology Park and a participant in Energise Ōtaki, has a strong commitment to developing sustainable building systems, energy conservation and clean energy generation. In 2013 a new building was developed at 2 Ake Ake Place Ōtaki at the Ōtaki Central Technology Park. This building has four business units with a ...Read more
- 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.Read more
- Blended Fuel Solutions Ltd. is an Ōtaki based company exploring the use of emulsion fuels (mixing water into diesel fuels using a surfactant) as a way of reducing emissions and reducing overall fossil fuel use (a reduction of about 10%). More recent technology developed by its partner US based company has made major progress in ...Read more
- Stages 1 and 2 of the Ōtaki College solar energy system has been installed. The two 10.4 KW systems were part of a planned 20KW system planned for the College. When completed it will be the second largest school solar energy system in New Zealand.Read more
- In late 2017 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade approved a grant for a pilot project with Ōtaki based renewable energy start-up business, Nufuels Ltd, to review the feasibility of using small-scale batch pyrolysis systems in the Solomon Islands, to address major plastic waste problems and the high cost of energy for communities. This ...Read more
- Project Solar is an umbrella project being developed by the College in partnership with Energise Ōtaki and clean technology businesses.Read more