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A new concept in renewable energy

Being developed on 400 hectares of land just beside the runways, Christchurch Airport’s new development Kōwhai Park has the potential to deliver a range of renewable energies.

In creating Kōwhai Park, Christchurch Airport is building opportunity for businesses and organisations looking for an ideal site for any renewable generation project or a future supply of green energy.


The right location

Kōwhai Park is well-located for renewable energy generation as it is:

  • Right beside New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch
  • Adjacent to Transpower’s National Grid and Orion's Canterbury lines network
  • Close to future energy consumers
  • Easily accessed via main transport links.

Kōwhai Park will be delivered in phases

The first phase is planned as a 150 megawatt solar array that will generate enough power for the equivalent of 30,000 homes or 20% of Christchurch's current residential energy use.

This has the same carbon reduction benefit as planting 1.25 million native trees and shrubs.

It's envisaged this energy will be used by the airport and by airlines to enable the transition to low carbon aviation. It will also enable new industries to establish in Canterbury, including green data centres and vertical farming.

While Solar Bay has committed to investing up to $100 million to enable eligible entities to deliver that first stage, there is opportunity for other businesses to join us in bringing this phase to fruition.

Kōwhai Park is not just restricted to solar. It has the room and capability to grow to accommodate storage and other renewable generation projects including green hydrogen.

Positive reaction

'A good news day for climate change.'

Climate Change Minister James Shaw joins Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel in welcoming Kōwhai Park excited at its ability to enable New Zealand’s low carbon future.

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Valued supporters

Solar Bay and Worley are an important part of the team behind Kōwhai Park. Together with Christchurch Airport, these organisations share a commitment to delivering a more sustainable world. Our combined expertise will ensure Kōwhai Park is a world-class renewable energy precinct.

Solar Bay

Solar Bay is an Australian entity with a wealth of experience in funding and developing large-scale renewable energy parks. They have been a key contributor to Kōwhai Park's technical scoping study and have committed to allocating $100 million to the delivery of Phase One. Their expertise is invaluable.

Worley

Worley delivers project and asset services for the energy, chemicals and resources sectors around the world. We provide expertise in engineering, procurement and construction, as well as consulting services. Every day we help our customers get one step closer to solving our planet's complex issues, such as climate change, the energy transition, digital transformation and delivering a more sustainable world.

Kōwhai Park's ecosystem in 2050

Kōwhai Park is a platform for generating green energy at scale. Ideally located next to Transpower and Orion’s network, this energy can be delivered straight to potential customers to help them decarbonise. There will be demand for this energy from both existing businesses and future industries, including green data centres and vertical farming.

Christchurch Airport is currently investigating the opportunity to generate green hydrogen onsite in the future.

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Rationale

Kōwhai Park will provide a resilient supply of clean energy which New Zealand needs to lead the world in decarbonising through electrification.

FAQ

Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Contact us

If you have a question about Kōwhai Park, please feel free to contact the Christchurch Airport team.