Solar PV Joint Venture Launched For New Zealand

UK’s Hive Energy, Ethical Power & Solar South West Head To New Zealand With Joint Venture To Develop 350 MW Solar Power Capacity

Solar PV Joint Venture Launched For New Zealand

The new solar platform HES Aotearoa sees potential for utility scale solar in New Zealand as the country supports renewable energy and has no grid congestion issues. (Photo Credit: Hive Energy)

  • A new solar joint venture has been launched in the New Zealand by 3 UK companies
  • HES Aoteraroa is owned by Hive Energy, Ethical Power and Solar South West
  • The new venture will conduct feasibility studies, along with constructing and operating commercial and utility scale PV projects

Three UK based energy players have formed a joint venture for the New Zealand solar market to launch up to 350 MW of PV capacity. The trio are Hive Energy, Ethical Power and Solar South West. Hive Energy is a 50% stakeholder of Ethical Power.

HES Aotearoa, the new venture, will be centered around the utility scale solar power potential of New Zealand, conducting feasibility studies, and offering development, construction, operation and maintenance of commercial and utility scale PV projects.

As New Zealand does not have any grid related challenges, this is a good enough reason for the trio to venture into the market as it offers ‘clear scope’ for utility scale developments in the country. “Solar Irradiation is also high; giving typically 35-40% more output annually when compared to the South West of the UK. This presents a clear business case for HES Aotearoa in New Zealand,” they stated.

The joint venture partners refer to a report from Transpower that 4 GW solar PV potential for the country ‘without material disruption to the system’. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), New Zealand’s total operational renewable energy capacity at the end of 2020 was 7.418 GW, out of which solar’s share was 142 MW.

Back in September 2020, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had said her party wants 100% renewable energy for the country’s power mix by 2030 (see New Zealand PM Wants 100% Renewable Power By 2030).

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Anu Bhambhani

Senior News Editor: Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews. Anu is our solar news whirlwind. At TaiyangNews she covers everything that is of importance in the world of solar power.Before joining our team, Anu worked in various positions at publications of the Times Group in New Delhi. As a Principal Correspondent, she conceptualized special features and supplements for both The Times of India and The Economic Times. While Anu delved deep into solar at TaiyangNews, environment topics have been close to her heart before. As Assistant Editor, she was responsible for launching Planet Earth for The Economic Times, a special series on environment. Before joining the Times Group, Anu was a Copy Editor at the Hindustan Times.Anu holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Rajasthan. She also studied at the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi on E-Outreach: New Media Technologies for Advocacy and Strategic Communication, Social Media

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