- Sep 27, 2019 8:30 am GMT
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Connecting 11 businesses in Auckland's Morningside precinct, the 75-kW, peer-to-peer solar microgid covers the roof of the retail and hospitality precinct building. The first of its kind in New Zealand, Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods launched the solar business community microgrid project.
The solar energy system was generating as much as 85% of the businesses' electricity supply at the time of the launch. It also draws power from the utility grid to make up for shortfalls in solar power production.
The participating businesses stand to save hundreds of NZ dollars per week, precinct developer Rod Ballenden was quoted in a local news report.
“We are delighted that businesses like Morningside are now recognizing the economic benefits of solar energy. It’s an exciting time for the industry as investors like Todd Energy, who are backing Sunergise, are recognizing the mainstream benefits of solar too,” Sunergise CEO Paul Makumbe was quoted. “To meet projected demand, New Zealand needs to double it’s electricity generating capacity. Solar and Sunergise are well-positioned to meet the challenge sustainably.”