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Sun shining on Ratana Pā centenary

We’re joining in with the centenary celebrations at Ratana Pā this week. It’s a huge event, with over 150,000 people expected to attend over three days, and it’s a real privilege and an honour to be here.

We’re here for anyone who wants to korero about solar and our initiatives for supporting Māori communities. That’s not all. We’ve got something for the whole whanau. There are native trees to plant out, a recycling programme with tamariki, solar race cars (models of course - not full size), colouring in competitions, solarZero selfies, video messages on how to make a better world, and climate change art. We’re really feeling the aroha.

IMG 9490 On Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called in and seemed very interested to hear about our nationwide solar marae project we launched in Whangaehu Marae a month ago.

The project, which is all about harnessing the power of the sun, aims to drive down the cost of power for Māori communities and create employment, while looking out for the environment.

It’s also about returning power to the people and helping them take action against climate change.

Over the last couple of months we’ve been participating in hui with communities around the country that are interested in switching to cleaner, cheaper and smarter energy.

We’re also starting a training programme for rangatahi who want to become part of the solar industry as electricians or qualified solar installers. They will then be able to use those skills to help their communities. And, for every 20 homes that make the switch we will gift a local marae with free solar power, saving about $50,000 over 20 years.

If you’d like to find out more call in to our tent in the Rangatahi Village today or simply click here.

The company has donated a chill out zone in the to help educate tamariki about climate change and protecting the planet in a fun environment.

solarcity has launched a nationwide solar marae project to return power to the people and help them to take action against climate change. It aims to drive down the cost of power for Māori communities and create employment, while looking out for the environment.

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At the same time solarcity is initiating a rangatahi training programme to meet the growing demand for registered electricians and qualified solar installers. Trainees will then be able to use those skills to benefit their communities.

solarcity is participating in hui with communities around the country that are interested in switching to cleaner, cheaper and smarter energy.

Today we have a #teamsolarcity at Ratana Pa today, where we have a tent for drop ins for discussions about solar and our initiatives on supporting the maori community. Lots going on - native trees for people to plant out, recycling programme with tamariki, solar race cars (models of course - not full size), colouring in competitions, #letsgozero  selfies, video messages on how to make a better world, a climate change wall for people to make handprint... The idea is for a fun space that kids can come, do some cool activities and conversations to be had about batteries, solar, climate change etc.

And we have had politicians come through - including the PM and leader of the opposition.

We have been working with marae and Iwi to return power to their people to drive down the cost of power for their communities and create employment, while looking out for the environment.  For every 20 homes associated with a marae going solar we will donate a free system to the marae.

Being invited to Ratana Pa for their celebrations of 100 years, is a privilege and an honour, and something we are really proud of.