Our Solar / Environmental Footprint

Aotearoa’s largest ever solar project

By harnessing the power of the sun we’re generating 320GWh of renewable energy across five farms, enough to power 50,000 homes. In utilising solar and reducing dependence on traditional energy sources, we create a sustainable solution to power our zero carbon future.

Full product lifecycle consideration

Our farms are designed to last a minimum of 35 years and remain operating at almost 80% of their original efficiency. After that our solar panels will either find a second life somewhere new or be sold for recycling.

Smart solar solutions

We use bi-facial panels and single axis trackers to follow the sun’s movement. This means we’re 30% – 40% more productive than rooftop solar, resulting in lower costs, higher efficiency, better use of embedded carbon, and more energy generation.


Using global best practice, Lodestone Energy’s solar farms can continue to be used for agricultural and horticultural purposes. For example, running sheep between the solar panels helps control vegetation growth, for the benefit of both the solar farm and our neighbours.

Community engagement

Lodestone Energy is proud to be constructing the first grid-scale solar farms in Aotearoa. We’re looking forward to demonstrating the benefits of solar power to our local communities and showing how solar can contribute to the future wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

100% renewable target

Aotearoa has a diverse range of renewable energy resources, all contributing to our aspiration of becoming 100% renewable. Solar production corresponds with the hottest daytime temperatures, when New Zealand’s increasing demand for air-conditioning and irrigation is at its highest.

Lodestone Energy is bringing grid-scale solar to Aotearoa New Zealand to power our nation’s zero carbon future.

Our solar farms are redefining what green energy generation means. In minimising our environmental footprint, we’re committing to a sustainable future.

Lodestone’s team of experts have deep technical and industry knowledge, using this to pick apart every aspect of grid-scale solar to identify the best approach for Aotearoa.

Solar development process


When considering what our renewable energy solutions could look like, solar’s a simple solution. It plays a vital role in helping build New Zealand’s green reputation and is critical for a diversified electricity grid. The technical innovations we’ve adopted and incorporated into our farms have never been seen before in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Distributing our farms across the sun belt of New Zealand was intentional. Extensive research identified our first five sites as the best combination of solar resource and connectivity, with low community disturbance.


Our first five solar farms are low impact construction projects. By keeping this as a core value in our construction planning, we use as little steel, concrete, water, and heavy machinery as possible during the build.

Our farms are located on flat land surrounded by native planting, reducing visual impact, and boosting native biodiversity. The farms have no negative impact on the landscape or land, a win-win for the environment and renewable energy generation.

Iwi and local people from the community help with the construction of these farms.


We will multiply Aotearoa’s solar production by eight times. Once construction is complete, our farms will be emissions-free, use minimal water, and will help displace fossil fuel electricity generation across the motu.

Our Kaitaia and Edgecumbe solar farms will each be home to 60,000 solar panels, generating more than 100GWh of power a year. With the energy generated from our first five farms we can power a city the size of Hamilton.

Powering the future with sustainable infrastructure

Why work against nature? We believe in working alongside nature to benefit both the whenua and the people who live on it. It’s about working to find the perfect balance of meeting our energy needs while preserving the landscape we’re lucky to have. This is just the beginning.

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