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Network projects

We're focused on improving the network by utilising technology, dealing to design issues, and replacing ageing infrastructure.

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    Awarded Community Initiative of the Year 2023 for our Māniaroa Marae solar project

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    Taumarunui electricity infrastructure upgrade complete

Demand for electricity on our network continues to grow. Farming, commercial and industrial business growth across the network, along with population increases predicted for northern areas, mean there’s more demand for power. We’ve planned for that and have a number of upgrades and other network investments underway to make sure our region is well positioned for future economic development opportunities.

Powering up Taumarunui

We’ve completed a major $1.4 million investment project in Taumarunui!

The 10-week upgrade project included the replacement of ageing electrical assets across 143 sites, improving the reliability of the power supply and reducing the risk of outages for residents of Taumarunui for generations to come.

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Marae solar pilot

A joint initiative between Te Nehenehenui (formally Maniapoto Māori Trust Board) and TLC to deploy renewable energy solutions on two Marae.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded trial will see energy generated from solar panels traded through a technology platform. This will enable Marae to gift surplus energy to households of their choice anywhere on TLC’s network.

Solar to power up Tūrangi

Together with Tūwharetoa Health Charitable Trust and Maru Energy Trust, we’re are installing solar panels and new hot water cylinders in houses at Tūrangi.

The pioneering project will see excess solar generated energy, heat hot water cylinders in recipient households. With hot water heating accounting for around 30% of household electricity costs, pilot households are set to benefit from significant cost savings while helping to support renewable energy targets.

Connecting King Country’s EV Highway

We’re helping create an extensive network of EV chargers, connecting EV drivers along our highways.

We’re installing a number of Fast Chargers across the network to help DC type electric vehicle owners charge their vehicles more quickly. There are new Fast Chargers at Ohakune and Piopio, with another due to be installed at Waitomo soon.

Hangatiki supply upgrade

Due to be completed in March 2023, the replacement of overhead lines and new underground cabling is part of TLC’s $1.4M investment to improve the electrical infrastructure at Hangatiki.

Working alongside Transpower, who are undertaking major switchroom improvements at Hangatiki, we have aligned our program of work to maximise the benefits for our customers. We are installing a new ring main unit (switchgear used at load connection points), replacing overhead lines with underground cabling, and replacing old wooden poles with heavy duty double concrete ones. The benefit for customers will include fewer outages, faster restoration times, and increased network stability.



Waitete Substation Project

The largest new build since the 1950s, the new Waitete substation is supporting increased commercial and residential growth in Te Kūiti.

At a cost of $5.5 million dollars, the new substation has delivered a modern, fit for purpose, zone substation providing a reliable supply for Te Kūiti for the next 20 – 30 years. The project was complete in March 2022.