Sustainability Centre Solar Panels
Here at the WRT we are working towards greater sustainability on Waiheke Island and our solar journey started with a French electrical engineering intern Solene who did a study of our energy use and recommended we “go solar”. At WRT we know how to party so we turned our Chairman’s birthday into an international event with scripted videos, a live stream, fabulous food, music and a very special brew. Great volunteers, generous friends and our partners at Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd partied hearty and together we raised enough for a solar system.
In November 2018 we installed solar panels at our centre! Our roof now houses twelve solar panels generating 3.2Kw worth of solar energy.
Our solar system was supplied and installed by , Waiheke’s local solar specialists. On a sunny day our panels generate roughly 22kW of energy! 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.
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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, the generosity of the community, and donors from around the globe, a total of $5,000 was raised which Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd. 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.