Māori Housing Renewable Energy Fund - Expressions of Interest process

The Expressions of Interest (EOI) process enables MBIE to advise potential applicants on applying for funding for their renewable energy projects for Māori housing.

Expressions of Interest process

In December 2020, the government sought Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for possible renewable energy projects on Māori housing.

Proposals sought for renewable energy trials on Māori housing(external link) - Beehive.govt.nz

This was an initial call for projects that could apply for funding from one, or more, of the funding rounds over the next 4 years until 2024.

We received a high number of EOIs. Each EOI was assessed against the funding assessment criteria and projects predominantly led by, or for, Māori-affiliated or Māori-run organisations were prioritised over projects for individual homes.

Renewable energy projects for Māori housing goals, objectives and funding criteria [PDF, 246 KB]

Fifteen projects were granted funding for the first funding round.

This is the first year of a four-year scheme, and there will be future funding rounds with progressively larger amounts of funding available.

Further information and advice on the timing and process for the next funding round will be available on this page later this year.

Māori & Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund : Projects for Māori housing funding round 1 [PDF, 549 KB]

Solar power initiative win for Māori households and future renewable projects(external link) - Beehive.govt.nz


Funding for the first round was up to a maximum of $400,000 per project. MBIE will advise the funding limits for future funding rounds in due course.

Funding may be used for technical feasibility studies if necessary, and for project delivery only once total costs and designs are approved.

Funding to deliver projects is allocated as grants through contracts with recipients. These contracts are developed for each individual project. Recipients are responsible for procurement directly with suppliers.

Proposals for co-funding of projects are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Information for suppliers

Procurement for Māori housing energy projects will be done by successful applicants, and will be notified on this website and through relevant industry associations.

Suppliers wishing to receive information on projects going out to market can sign up for email notifications. Please email mhref@mbie.govt.nz with ‘Renewable energy projects news’ in the subject heading to be added to the distribution list.

MBIE is particularly interested in projects that maximise the benefits of renewable energy to users and welcomes bids that draw together multiple suppliers to incorporate a number of different technologies or solutions within a single project.

In some cases, funding contracts also may be developed directly between MBIE and suppliers. For example, in some circumstances it may make sense for MBIE to procure technical feasibility studies and share the results with fund applicants.

More information

For further enquiries, email mhref@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 05 July 2021