Renewable asset construction

Meridian Energy

New projects

Building a sustainable energy future

At Meridian we have a pipeline of renewable electricity projects underway to help New Zealand maintain its security of supply and meet its climate change goals.

In 2023 we set ourselves a target of building seven new large-scale renewable generation or storage projects by 2030. We call this our 7x7 goal, and we’re right on track to achieving it.

We currently have a number of new renewable development projects underway, including wind farms in Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Manawatū, an energy park (battery and solar) in Northland and a solar farm northwest of Christchurch.

Renewable development projects

We have several new renewable development projects underway, including wind farms in Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū and Wairarapa, an energy park (battery and solar) in Northland and a solar farm in Canterbury.

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    Construction is well underway at our $448 million wind farm in Hawke’s Bay, with more than half the turbines now generating electricity and the project on track to be fully commissioned in September 2024.

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    Ruakākā Energy Park

    Ruakākā Energy Park is a 100-megawatt battery-storage system, currently under construction, and a proposed 120-megawatt solar farm near Marsden Point in Whangārei.

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    Mt Munro

    We’re proposing to build a wind farm at Mt Munro near Eketāhuna in northern Wairarapa. With up to 20 turbines, this could produce enough electricity to power around 42,000 average homes. Our consent application is currently with the Environment Court.

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    Te Rere Hau

    Meridian and NZ Windfarms have formed a 50-50 joint venture to repower and extend the Te Rere Hau wind farm near Palmerston North. This will be New Zealand’s first wind farm repowering project and involve up to 39 new turbines with a total generation capacity of up to 170 megawatts.

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    Swannanoa Solar Project

    We’re exploring the development of a solar farm at Swannanoa, northwest of Christchurch.

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    Southern Green Hydrogen

    Meridian is working with Woodside Energy, Mitsui & Co and Ngāi Tahu to investigate the development of a large-scale green hydrogen facility in Southland. 

Virtual power plant

We’re trialling vehicle-to-grid, smart charging and other technology as we work towards the launch of a virtual power plant. This will make the most of the increasing amount of stored energy in New Zealand homes (mainly EV batteries) and new technology that can feed this power back into the grid when not required and use the timing of EV charging and heating hot water to take pressure off the grid. By coordinating these on a large scale through a virtual power plant we’re aiming to make major peak period savings and reward customers for the part they play in helping us achieve this.

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“We are creating a portfolio of renewable energy options and partnerships, utilising different technologies, that will help this country transition to net zero carbon by 2050. We are playing a long game. Our development pipeline reflects what we need to do in the next 30 years, not just the next few.”
Neal Barclay, Meridian Chief Executive

Why we’re developing new capacity

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    To meet new demand

    Aotearoa currently produces 43 terawatt hours of electricity each year, but Transpower estimates this will need to increase to 70 terawatt hours by 2052 with the electrification of transport, industrial process heat and other sectors.

    Meridian’s Climate Action Plan identifies 5,400 gigawatt hours of future buildable options, all of which will be needed to support its customers to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

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    To combat climate change

    For Aotearoa to transition to net zero, the equivalent of 20 large wind farms will need to be built in the next 28 years. Meridian’s seven-year target will put the country firmly on track to achieving this.

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    To use our renewable energy advantage

    New Zealand is one of few countries in the world that has a natural abundance of renewable energy. It is key that we harness this energy and use it to our advantage when it comes to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and combating climate change. There is also enormous potential for Aotearoa to create a green economy, with manufacturing and other businesses fuelled by 100% renewable energy – something very few other countries can match.

Tackling Zero

Tackling Zero is Meridian’s quarterly newsletter for people whose roles or studies are focused on sustainability, or for whom this is an area of interest. Each issue will offer Meridian’s insights into a topical sustainability issue, as well as stories on how we, our customers and supply chain partners are tackling sustainability. It also includes links to recent Meridian disclosures such as new policies and reports.