HES Aotearoa Ltd is a new joint venture (JV) formed by Hive Energy, Ethical Power and Solar South West (SSW) to develop PV solar assets across New Zealand. The company is expected to develop a pipeline of nearly 350MW of utility scale PV solar assets across the country.
SSW was established in 2009 by Nick Keeler alongside a highly regarded organic farming trust, and built and still operates the first 2 large scale solar farms in the UK. Primarily a specialist construction, electrical and operations PV contractor, the company has worked on over 700MWp of projects. To find out more about Solar Southwest, visit their website here.
The three companies have unique and complementary skills, creating a JV that is fully integrated along the whole value chain of solar development: from site selection to project design, construction and operation & maintenance.
The New Zealand Government has stated a commitment to have 100% renewable electricity generation by 2030 and has stopped issuing permits for gas exploration. Research from Transpower in 2017 concluded that New Zealand could accommodate 4GWp of solar PV without material disruption to the system, with just 140MWp currently installed.
With little congestion on the grid for connections at scale, there is 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 a clear business case for HES Aotearoa in New Zealand.
For more information on HES Aotearoa Ltd, visit their website here.