Thursday, April 25, 2024

Energy


Electric farming is having its lightbulb moment

Electric farming is having its lightbulb moment

Guest writerApr 18, 2024
Farmers could be the backbone of NZ’s energy system, says Mike Casey, but for that to happen, the rules need to change.

Act now to boost agricultural resilience, researchers warn

Farmers WeeklyApr 10, 2024
NZ needs to prepare to meet future global food and fuel catastrophes, study says.

Green fuel option lies in trees

Richard RennieApr 9, 2024
Australian company plans BoP wood pellet plant alongside higher value pine chemicals facility.

Mataura Valley Milk plant goes fully electric

Farmers WeeklyMar 13, 2024
Processor majority owned by The a2 Milk Co eliminates 22,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent Scope 1 emissions a year.


‘Trees for cheese’ plant officially opens

‘Trees for cheese’ plant officially opens

Neal WallaceMar 1, 2024
World’s largest dedicated cheese factory has switched to 100% renewable energy.
NZ’s largest solar farm to date officially opened 

NZ’s largest solar farm to date officially opened 

Farmers WeeklyMar 1, 2024
Kaitaia is also the first solar farm in country to bid into electricity market.
Pine power offers dry-year solution

Pine power offers dry-year solution

Richard RennieFeb 21, 2024
Range of options to meet energy needs in dry years considered.
Farmers’ help needed to power NZ

Farmers’ help needed to power NZ

Neal WallaceFeb 16, 2024
Transpower will need farmer agreement to build power capacity.
Kaitaia solar farm

Lodestone loads up on Canterbury sites

Farmers WeeklyJan 17, 2024
Three consented sites earmarked for agrivoltaic solar farms.
Stepping up to the bioenergy challenge

Stepping up to the bioenergy challenge

Guest writerJan 10, 2024
Now is the time for the energy, pastoral and forestry sectors to come together with a shared vision, says a bioenergy lobbyist.
Dairy Holdings seeks to reconsent hydro scheme

Dairy Holdings seeks to reconsent hydro scheme

Gerhard UysJan 9, 2024
Costly bid underlines need for more streamlined process for smaller schemes, chair says.
NZ’s largest solar farm powers up

NZ’s largest solar farm powers up

Farmers WeeklyNov 27, 2023
Lodestone’s Kaitāia farm has more than 61,000 solar panels.
Billions to be spent on powering up wind and solar

Billions to be spent on powering up wind and solar

Neal WallaceNov 23, 2023
Farmers in the pound seats as building keeps pace with carbon targets.
Trees took toll on powerlines in cyclone: report 

Trees took toll on powerlines in cyclone: report 

Richard RennieOct 9, 2023
‘Out of zone’ trees falling onto lines were the single largest cause of outages.
Solar farm planned for Maniatoto farmland

Solar farm planned for Maniatoto farmland

Farmers WeeklySep 22, 2023
The farm would support the continued grazing of sheep under and around the solar panels.
Green fund pours $80m into SolarZero

Green fund pours $80m into SolarZero

BusinessDeskSep 19, 2023
Largest ever investment made by NZ Green Investment Fund.
Sun to help warn of excess rain

Sun to help warn of excess rain

Farmers WeeklySep 15, 2023
Otago Regional Council installs remote solar-powered gauge as it extends flood warning system.
Solar panels light up drystock income

Solar panels light up drystock income

Richard RennieSep 12, 2023
Modelling of lower density installation shows almost a trebling of profits.
Fuel companies quizzed on pump prices

Fuel companies quizzed on pump prices

BusinessDeskSep 6, 2023
National disparities in prices ‘concerning’, says Commerce Commission.
Lodestone gears up for new solar builds

Lodestone gears up for new solar builds

BusinessDeskAug 21, 2023
Energy firm signs for $250m ANZ debt facility with expansion in mind.
Biofuel plant a slash option for Gisborne

Biofuel plant a slash option for Gisborne

Richard RennieAug 14, 2023
But regional challenge will require multi-pronged approach, mayor cautions.
Govt fast-tracks green energy projects

Govt fast-tracks green energy projects

BusinessDeskAug 8, 2023
Consent process streamlined for up to 1,566MW of solar and wind projects.
Study takes a closer look at solar panels and pastoral farming

Study takes a closer look at solar panels and pastoral farming

Dairy FarmerJul 26, 2023
These results could be used to inform the design of future mixed solar and pastoral farms in New Zealand.
Research unpacks effects of pasture-power mix

Research unpacks effects of pasture-power mix

Farmers WeeklyJun 14, 2023
Solar panels have pluses and minuses for pasture growth.
solar farm

Central Otago farm makes space for solar energy

Craig PageApr 18, 2023
Property will host 80,000 panels alongside space tracking station built in 2019.
Solar farms fast-tracked as govt moves closer to consent reform

Solar farms fast-tracked as govt moves closer to consent reform

BusinessDeskApr 17, 2023
Two new farms bring to five the number of projects in streamlined process.
High-profile solar farm projects pique farmer interest

High-profile solar farm projects pique farmer interest

Richard RennieApr 3, 2023
At present solar energy comprises only about 1% of New Zealand’s total energy supply, but estimates are this could be comfortably ramped up to nearer 10% over the coming decade.
Rio Tinto farce underlines GHG hypocrisy

Rio Tinto farce underlines GHG hypocrisy

Alan EmersonMar 8, 2023
The government isn’t worried about emissions from an Australian multinational but verges on the hysterical when it comes to cows, says Alan Emerson.
Huntly wood trial hailed as leap ahead for biofuel

Huntly wood trial hailed as leap ahead for biofuel

Richard RennieMar 8, 2023
Early promise of possible solution to the forest slash issue.
Flooding knocks out power to 200,000

Flooding knocks out power to 200,000

BusinessDeskFeb 14, 2023
Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne may face blackout lasting ‘days to weeks’ as Cyclone Gabrielle wreaks havoc across the North Island.
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Dairy farms to gain from green solar deal

Richard RennieJan 11, 2023
Partnership holds promise of more solar arrays on farms with no capital outlay from landowners.
Offshore wind farm could power up to 500k homes

Offshore wind farm could power up to 500k homes

The project's plans include a large wind farm off the South Taranaki coast.
Consent granted for large-scale solar farm near Taupō

Consent granted for large-scale solar farm near Taupō

Gerald PiddockNov 8, 2022
The plant will eventually generate renewable electricity to power 100,000 homes.
solar-panels

45-hectare solar farm proposed for Palmerston North

The company is currently seeking consent from the Palmerston North City Council.
Fonterra’s UHT plant trials green battery

Fonterra’s UHT plant trials green battery

Gerald PiddockSep 29, 2022
Electrically conductive polymers battery thought to be world-first.
Light and shade of signing on with solar

Light and shade of signing on with solar

Richard RennieSep 29, 2022
Delays, restrictions to be aware of in farm deals touted around country.
Waikato solar farm gets green light

Waikato solar farm gets green light

Farmers WeeklySep 23, 2022
Te Aroha West plant set to generate enough energy to power 30,000 homes.
Robin Oakley stands in front of a large solar panel.

Powering up the growth curve

Annette ScottMay 17, 2022
A family farm at the forefront of New Zealand’s environmental evolution is harnessing the sun to power its own post-harvest operation washing tonnes of potatoes at its Canterbury site. Annette Scott reports.
Andrew Fisher

Food waste-to-energy plant opening later this year

Gerald PiddockMar 29, 2022
New Zealand’s first-ever large-scale food waste-to-energy converter is on track to be ready for commissioning in August ahead of its official opening on October 17.
Farmer Doug Dobbs in front of the Waikato valley where he farms. It is greenish hill country with a few trees dotted about.

Solar farm projects planned for Waikato

Gerald PiddockMar 7, 2022
Three large solar farm projects on Waikato farmland could soon see cattle and sheep replaced by thousands of solar panels dotted across the countryside.
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