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. (see also The Network).
In the meantime, the focus is on developing initiatives which can be used to provide clean energy directly to users.
- In 2014/15 Energise Ōtaki developed a project in partnership with the XŌtaki College Foundation Trust (the College alumni association) to install a 20kWp solar array at Ōtaki. The system would be owned by the XŌtaki College Foundation Trust, would provide power directly to the College, and the revenue would be used to fund student scholarships. Stage ...Read more
- Project Solar is an umbrella project being developed by the College in partnership with Energise Ōtaki and clean technology businesses.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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Early on in the Energise Ōtaki initiative, the Kāpiti Coast District Council and local electricity network company Electra, installed a 2.0 kilowatt-peak solar photovoltaic system on the Ōtaki Library and Memorial Hall to demonstrate this technology to the public. The 2011 installation had the support of clean-technology businesses Astara Technologies, ESG Green Energy, Enasolar and ...Read more
- 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.Read more
- Ōtaki College is exploring the possibility of wood pellet gasification to feed its existing school boiler used for heating.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
- 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
- Nufuels Ltd. is an Ōtaki based renewable energy start-up company.Read more
- 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. The project was taken up by the XŌtaki College Foundation Trust as part of a wider refurbishment of the pool. The goal was to extend the season for ...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