Largest solar energy installation inaugurated in New Zealand

New Zealand’s largest ever solar energy installation of 240 kW has been inaugurated on the Tarewa Mega Centre in Whangarei, according to reports from Yahoo! News.

Currently, the center utilizes 326,542 kWh of energy per year. Power generated is expected to offset 80-90 percent of the operating costs for the next 25 years.

The Udy Group, owners of the Tarewa Mega Centre that houses major leading brands have assured a long-term investment in the area where energy costs per kWh are higher than other parts of the country.

This is not only a cost-efficient project, but reducing the impact on the planet. Sustainable business is necessary for the company as well as for tenants, with the first step being power generation,” says, Dan Udy, director, Udy.


Udy partnered with PowerSmart Solar, responsible for the installation of New Zealand’s two current largest systems, the 99kW system at Yealands Estate winery in Blenheim and the 100kW system at Palmerston North City Council.

It’s great to see more companies taking control of the rising electricity bills by investing in a solar electricity system, Rogier Simons, GM, PowerSmart.

The 240kW Tarewa Mega Centre installation demonstrates how feasible it is for a business to generate its own clean electricity. This system makes enough power to run approximately 40+ homes and this scale of installation is a real positive step forward for the solar electricity sector in NZ, commented Simons.

Sabeena Wahid
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