New Zealand’s largest solar farm completed

Three sheep graze near solar panels at New Zealand's largest solar farm
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Lodestone Energy and Trina Solar have announced the successful completion of Kohirā solar farm—the largest solar farm in New Zealand to date.

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Covering 64ha in Kaitāia, the solar farm includes 61,000 Trina Solar Vertex 550W bifacial dual glass panels on TrinaTracker Vanguard 2P smart tracking systems, with 33MW DC capacity.

his farm marks a major stride toward New Zealand’s renewable energy targets, expected to generate around 55GWh annually, powering over 7,770 households.

The integration of Trina Solar’s ultra-high-power bifacial modules with Vanguard 2P trackers, powered by a smart algorithm optimising the tracking angle, ensures maximum energy generation.

Additionally, ample space between panel rows and a 2m tracker height facilitates agrivoltaic farming, allowing solar energy generation alongside agricultural activities.

This is crucial in markets like New Zealand with large agricultural industries coupled with increasingly scarce land resources.

Lodestone Energy managing director Gary Holden said, “Our third solar farm at Waiotahe is currently under construction, utilising the latest Trina Solar panels and trackers again for optimal production.

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“Our collaboration with Trina Solar enables us to fulfill our goal of supplying renewable energy solutions to more consumers in New Zealand, meeting their sustainability goals while ensuring economic stability.”

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