Harmony Energy welcome the referral of three solar farm projects in the lower North Island to the fast-track consenting process

Written by
Jack Kelly
Environment Minister Hon. David Parker has announced that three solar farm proposals in development by Harmony Energy have been referred to the Fast-track Consenting Act, accelerating consenting for the projects near Masterton, Marton and Opunake.

Speaking to Clean Energy Pipeline, Harmony Energy Commercial Director Pete Grogan has welcomed the referral of the three solar farm projects:

“We are pleased to pass this key milestone for these important renewable projects. We have begun comprehensive engagement with mana whenua to better understand the cultural context and explore the opportunities to improve biodiversity and ecology on these three sites. These considerations and the views of the local community, which we will be seeking shortly, will inform our final designs and allow us to progress the detailed consenting process.

“Renewable energy is critical to mitigate the negative impact of climate change and help support New Zealand’s net zero ambitions. These three proposals will also create opportunities for local businesses and additional jobs in the surrounding communities.

“We are determined to deliver exceptional projects that New Zealand can be proud of.”

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