Sustainability Centre Solar Panels
Here at the WRT we are working towards greater sustainability on Waiheke Island, and to further that we want to make our Sustainability Centre truly sustainable, by providing some amazing sustainably-powered services to Waiheke.
In November we had solar panels installed at our centre! We have twelve 3.2Kw solar panels which were supplied and installed by , Waiheke’s local solar specialists. On a sunny day our panels generate roughly 22kW! This is nearly enough to cover our daily electricity usage at the centre. Not only has this helped make the centre more sustainable, but it is also leading the way with renewable power sources within the community on Waiheke. However, we do not yet produce enough to cover everything for our busy days, such as Kai Conscious Café, or when people use the centre in the evenings or on weekends. But we can work towards this by raising the funds to complete the next two phases of our solar power journey. If you too are interested in going off-grid and switching to solar, get in touch with at email@example.com.
In order to achieve this goal, a fundraiser event was held in February 2018. Thanks to the success of the event, as well as a Give a Little funding page, and the generosity of the community, a total of $5,000 was raised which WRT then matched, giving a grand total of $10,000 to go towards funding solar panels!
We are now looking to invest in an expansion with another row of panels, allowing the centre to become off grid and be completely self-sufficient, reducing our impact on the environment through energy savings.
We will then be investing in a battery so that surplus energy generated can be stored and used on cloudy days or in the evenings, when the panels will be generating little or no power.
Once we have these essentials, we will look to install e-bike and car charging points, to help encourage and support the use of electric transport on Waiheke.