NZ’s biggest solar farm linked to claims of modern slavery

NZ’s biggest solar farm linked to claims of modern slavery
Lodestone's CFO Chris Jewell said he was happy with the due diligence conducted. (Image: Supplied)
Murray Jones
The nation’s newest and largest solar farm is made up of panels from a supplier that has a "very high" exposure to forced labour in China, research alleges. But the parties involved in building the “first utility-scale solar farm” in New Zealand, which will help supply the Warehouse’s 260-plus retail sites from 2026 as well as connecting to the national grid, say they have conducted research and due diligence and are comfortable with the assurances they have received about labour practices. The 6...

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