With few hydro and geothermal development options left in New Zealand, large scale solar projects are likely to accelerate, and the combined efforts of Ethical Power NZ and New Energy will inject innovation and pace into the market.
The alliance will combine the design and procurement expertise of Ethical Power NZ with the local construction and engineering knowledge of New Energy, a Taranaki-based company with recent solar and wind farm installation experience.
Ethical Power NZ was established in New Zealand at the beginning of 2022 with the aim of expanding the UK company’s expertise in utility-grade solar farm engineering, procurement, and construction into this part of the world.
DrillCo, a New Plymouth-based civil construction company owned and operated by Scott and Hayley Walls, set up its New Energy business unit in 2022 to take its skills into the renewable energy sphere.
Ethical Power NZ Managing Director Matt Rowe says the agreement links the skills, experience, and business objectives of both companies.
“The agreement is essentially a first right of refusal agreement with New Energy. We plan to work with New Energy on a range of solar farm developments, including the engineering, procurement, and construction contracts we have for the recently announced Lodestone solar farms. However, it does not preclude us from working with other contractors in the future, if we reach capacity with New Energy,” Rowe says.
DrillCo Managing Director Scott Walls says New Energy was formed to focus entirely on sustainable and renewable energy projects.
“We are really excited about partnering with Ethical Power NZ. They are innovative and we are rapidly growing our expertise. I signed an agreement with Ethical Power as a new model of business co-operation that is mutually beneficial”, Walls says.
Ethical Power NZ and New Energy expect to start working together on the first projects in late 2023/early 2024.
Rowe says Ethical Power is discussing terms with other solar farm developers and expects to announce further engineering, procurement, and construction contracts in the coming months.
About Ethical Power NZ
Ethical Power is a leading renewable energy company committed to transforming the global energy landscape. With a focus on sustainable practices and innovative technology, Ethical Power develops, constructs, and operates renewable energy projects worldwide. Experts in solar photovoltaics and battery energy storage systems, Ethical Power strives to create a greener and more sustainable future for all.
Learn more at www.ethical-power.com
New Energy is a subsidiary of DrillCo, which is located in New Plymouth and Feilding. DrillCo employs around 140 staff, with 45 in DrillCo and 97 working for New Energy. DrillCo was purchased by Scott and Hayley Walls in 2019 and operates four units: DrillCo, New Energy, LOCATEIT and TRAFFICWORX.
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